Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.
If only it were as simple as being in love.
Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.
This book started out a little slow for me. But it quickly picked up the pace as more and more things came to light. I loved the relationship of the Main Characters.
Retta and Hemmingway, the blue heart had such an intense and wonderful way of relating. I loved the moral lesson of this book that everyone is the same. I think this is an important lesson especially in today's day and age of violence and hatred.
Blue Hearts of Mars is a science fiction story and as such does deal with some interesting things in life, such as the Gates and Technology. I enjoyed reading this book, and I am not a normal Sci-Fi lover. I may be a Trekkie but when it comes to my choice of reading material I usually steer clear of Sci-Fi's because they tend to be quite repetitive and boring. This book didn't do that. Once it caught me it kept me until I completely finished the story. Turning pages quicker and quicker until the ending.
I have to say I recommend this book! And as such I give it 4.5 stars. Check it out for yourself. You may be as surprised as I was.
Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
“I’m pretty sure he’s an android.” I made the decision in a split second. She should know. Maybe she’d change her tune.
“No way, no. Nuh uh! Him? It’s always the best-looking ones, isn’t it?” She sat back and slapped the table. Her brown, nearly black eyes flashed and she flipped her silky dark hair back and shook her head over and over. She was quite mad about it. Evidently.
“But he’s still gorgeous, right?” I prodded. Across the cafeteria, someone approached Hemingway and began talking to him. I felt a hot knife of jealousy all but slip between my ribs. I couldn’t see who it was. Their back was to me and the crowds thickened right when it happened. I saw him look up at whoever it was. He smiled and I felt my insides respond in a great knotting that made me stop eating completely. I sighed.
“Of course! Sure,” Mei said, but I could hear the doubt in her voice. “I mean, blue heart or man. Gorgeous is gorgeous. No doubt about it.” I sighed again. “Well, I’m still going to be his friend, if he’s interested. That’s not weird, right?”
“Not at all! It’s not like we live in a bubble. I mean, we do, but we have to mingle with them. So, yeah, why not?”
“Do you ever wonder how many people are androids? It’s like, we only know of a few. But maybe there are more. Maybe we can’t tell with all of them.” I pushed my tray away and slumped onto my hand, propping my elbow on the table. Hemingway was getting up and leaving with whoever it was. As he walked out, I kept trying to get a glimpse of the person escorting him from the cafeteria. It was too far and the crowds were irritatingly heavy. I only saw him for a moment, but there was something in his face. Like frustration. Consternation. Or fear.
“No, why the crap would I wonder? We know who they are. Most of them. I mean, it’s not like I pay intense attention to who’s a blue heart and who’s not. Why would I?”
Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.</ a>
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Author Nicole Grotepas
Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.
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