Top positive review
Better than the first installment
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
Compared to Red Mars, Green Mars felt like a more fully developed story with more complicated characters.
That said, many of the characters are still completely unlikeable and the plot device of “the treatment” is a little overdone (but necessary both to give a cause for civilization collapse on Earth and the recycling of “the 100” on Mars).
The most creative aspect of the story is not the science but rather the sociopolitical: the author depicts a Mars populated by several factions that sometimes cooperate and sometime oppose each other. I do think the character of Art is accepted far too readily by the other characters to be believable. But then again, this is science fiction, not reality.
Showing a world (worlds?) with both men and women, from different/multiple ethnic/national/linguistic backgrounds is the biggest strength of the story. As humanity rapidly approaches the possibility/probability of settling Mars, this scenario is increasingly likely and in that sense the novel poses a scenario of warning.
One last caveat: the print novel really should have been edited for ease of reading on Kindle. The paragraphs are far too long for mobile devices. Also, please please please stop the comma splices and run-on sentences, they are super irritating, it’s very jarring to read, thanks. Argh!