Five hundred years into the future, the world is a different place. The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the “Centrals”; the have-nots, the “Bankers”; and the fringe dwellers, the “Ferals”.
Rosie Black is a Banker. When Rosie finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and will kill to get it.
Forced to rely on two strangers, Rosie is on the run. But who can she trust? Pip, the too attractive Feral, or the secretive man he calls boss?
From Earth to Mars, Rosie must learn the secrets of the box – before it’s too late.
My Rating: 4/5
This was a completely unique dystopian book. It is not about government, which is not very common in YA literature.
The whole idea of space travel was my favourite aspect of this boo. I loved the whole depiction of a colony on Mars, it was very visually pleasing.
The story begins innocently enough with Rosie and her friend finding a mysterious box, which I was very curious about. The further I got into the book, the deeper and more intricate the plot became.
The plot was engaging and perfectly paced mixing action and suspense very well.
The illness part of the story, being the MaIX virus is also a central plot element. I hope this gets explored deeper in the sequels because I would like to know more about it.
Rosie was such a likeable character. This was probably because she came across as very genuine and down to earth. Pip was my second favourite character as he had a certain vulnerability to him but had a cheeky, mischievous wall.
I will definitely be reading the sequels to this book as I really am in love with this world.