SynopsisIt is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we prepare for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.
Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.
Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space, and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival.
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Liam unplugged his pressure suit from its battery charger. He stepped into the heavy boots, pulled the suit up and around his arms, and zipped the helmet closed. He transferred his link, activated the heating and breathing systems, and joined his parents by the airlock door.
“Ready?” Mom said through her suit’s speaker.
“Yeah,” said Liam. Dad opened the inner door and they squeezed into the small airlock. He closed the door and pressed a button and there was a whoosh of air as the outer door slid open. They were greeted by a stiff hot wind, dust pattering against their visors. Even through the pressure suit, Liam felt a brief surge of heat before his suit compensated.
His parents jumped down to the crumbled rock surface. Like most adults, Mom and Dad wore weight belts at their waists and ankles to minimize the effects of low gravity. Liam never wore those. His parents used to get on his case about it, but eventually they’d given up. He waited until they’d walked a few paces and then leaped out of the ship, soaring three meters and landing right behind them.
Praise for LAST DAY ON MARS“Emerson’s writing explodes off the page in this irresistible space adventure, filled with startling plot twists, diabolical aliens, and (my favorite!) courageous young heroes faced with an impossible task.” --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds series
“Last Day on Mars is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative, a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced. A fantastic start to an epic new series.” --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil
“This is perfect science fiction: a terrifying yet very cool vision of the future, lots of technological awesomeness, mind-bending alien mysteries, a mission to save the human race—and two funny, resourceful, very real kid heroes who I’d follow to the edges of the universe.” --Tui Sutherland, New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series
“A hugely enjoyable blend of adventure, humor, science, and kids trying to find their place when humanity itself doesn’t have one.” --Emma Trevayne, author of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden
“Action-packed science-fiction adventure.” --Brightly.com
Author of the EXILE series, THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. Musician in THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Former K-8 science teacher, currently teaching with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in Seattle, by way of Boston.
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Walden Pond Press and Kevin, created an educators’ guide to go along with the book that combines elements of science, science fiction and creative writing—click the link to find out more here.
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