Before Mars (Planetfall #3)

Before Mars (Planetfall #3)

After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-residence. Already she feels like she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth--and she'll be on Mars for over a year. Throwing herself into her work, she tries her best to fit in with the team. But in her new room on the base, Anna fi After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist-in-res...

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Title:Before Mars (Planetfall #3)
Author:Emma Newman
Rating:
Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:B07466HF8D
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Before Mars (Planetfall #3) Reviews

  • Kristen
    May 17, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

  • Tim Hicks
    Jun 12, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

    At first I liked the what's-going-on puzzle, but it soon became clear that (view spoiler)[Anna was being gaslit. (hide spoiler)] . But we still have "Whodunit?" and "Why?" so we're OK. Newman wanted to write about mental illness and non-traditional feelings about motherhood, and th...

  • Kristiana
    May 10, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

    At first I liked the what's-going-on puzzle, but it soon became clear that (view spoiler)[Anna was being gaslit. (hide spoiler)] . But we still have "Whodunit?" and "Why?" so we're OK. Newman wanted to write about mental illness and non-traditional feelings about motherhood, and th...

    Very much like a dull party that you can't wait to leave, only to think about some of events and people when you have finished. Before Mars is a plodding book that thanks to the predecessor 'After Atlas' and the nuclear war the ending of this book is pretty predetermined. That been s...

    Anna - artist, geologist, and reluctant mother - arrives on Mars but begins to suspect that things are not as these seem. This was my least favorite of the (so far) three books in the Planetfall series. I liked the idea of Anna, but I didn't care enough about what was happening to h...

    This was an engaging read. I like how the series is being built and where it I can go. I keep forgetting what happened in the other books, the different angles of the book make it harder to remember, apart from that I have little complaints. ...

  • Lori
    Apr 24, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

  • Jacqie
    Feb 13, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

  • Emily (BellaGrace)
    Apr 22, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

  • Mike
    Mar 27, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

  • Tammy
    May 31, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Jun 02, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

  • Judy Lesley
    Mar 08, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

  • Donna
    May 23, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

    At first I liked the what's-going-on puzzle, but it soon became clear that (view spoiler)[Anna was being gaslit. (hide spoiler)] . But we still have "Whodunit?" and "Why?" so we're OK. Newman wanted to write about mental illness and non-traditional feelings about motherhood, and th...

    Very much like a dull party that you can't wait to leave, only to think about some of events and people when you have finished. Before Mars is a plodding book that thanks to the predecessor 'After Atlas' and the nuclear war the ending of this book is pretty predetermined. That been s...

    Anna - artist, geologist, and reluctant mother - arrives on Mars but begins to suspect that things are not as these seem. This was my least favorite of the (so far) three books in the Planetfall series. I liked the idea of Anna, but I didn't care enough about what was happening to h...

  • Jordan
    May 17, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

    At first I liked the what's-going-on puzzle, but it soon became clear that (view spoiler)[Anna was being gaslit. (hide spoiler)] . But we still have "Whodunit?" and "Why?" so we're OK. Newman wanted to write about mental illness and non-traditional feelings about motherhood, and th...

    Very much like a dull party that you can't wait to leave, only to think about some of events and people when you have finished. Before Mars is a plodding book that thanks to the predecessor 'After Atlas' and the nuclear war the ending of this book is pretty predetermined. That been s...

    Anna - artist, geologist, and reluctant mother - arrives on Mars but begins to suspect that things are not as these seem. This was my least favorite of the (so far) three books in the Planetfall series. I liked the idea of Anna, but I didn't care enough about what was happening to h...

    This was an engaging read. I like how the series is being built and where it I can go. I keep forgetting what happened in the other books, the different angles of the book make it harder to remember, apart from that I have little complaints. ...

    I love these books and I need more. ...

    My only minor issue with this book was the timing of the message at the very end when they?re deciding what to do. It just seemed too neatly convenient that she got the message while they were having their plan the future meeting. Other than that, everything about this was fantastic ...

  • Kate
    Apr 08, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

  • Brian Clegg
    May 12, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

  • S.J. Higbee
    Apr 30, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

  • Lindsay
    Jun 03, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

  • USOM
    Mar 18, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

  • Cat
    Jun 13, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

    At first I liked the what's-going-on puzzle, but it soon became clear that (view spoiler)[Anna was being gaslit. (hide spoiler)] . But we still have "Whodunit?" and "Why?" so we're OK. Newman wanted to write about mental illness and non-traditional feelings about motherhood, and th...

    Very much like a dull party that you can't wait to leave, only to think about some of events and people when you have finished. Before Mars is a plodding book that thanks to the predecessor 'After Atlas' and the nuclear war the ending of this book is pretty predetermined. That been s...

    Anna - artist, geologist, and reluctant mother - arrives on Mars but begins to suspect that things are not as these seem. This was my least favorite of the (so far) three books in the Planetfall series. I liked the idea of Anna, but I didn't care enough about what was happening to h...

    This was an engaging read. I like how the series is being built and where it I can go. I keep forgetting what happened in the other books, the different angles of the book make it harder to remember, apart from that I have little complaints. ...

    I love these books and I need more. ...

  • Veronique
    Jun 01, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

  • Sudeep Tirupati
    May 16, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

  • Justine
    Apr 10, 2017

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

  • Rachel
    May 13, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

  • Kaitlin
    Apr 21, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

  • kari
    Apr 28, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

  • Sarah
    May 06, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

  • Gary
    May 03, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

  • Britta Böhler
    Apr 21, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

  • Brad Bell
    Apr 20, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

  • The Captain
    Apr 21, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

  • Martin  *book cozy*
    May 27, 2018

    *I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I am SO glad I read this. It's officially my new favourite for the year, and that's becuase it made me cry. I am the sort of person who cries easily at films, but when it comes to books, I very rarely do ...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/11/... By now, the Planetfall books are starting to establish a pattern: each book in the series stands alone, following a different character as he or she travels their own journey across this complex and unforgivi...

    A deeply personal book that makes for a compelling read. As was the case in the previous two Planetfall books, Planetfall and After Atlas, Newman sketches the portrait of a deeply flawed main character struggling to survive and present as "normal". After Atlas gave us a glimpse of ...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my ?go to? authors! Her previous two books in this Planetfall universe have been favourites of mine too, each combining popular genres, such as scifi and crime thriller, with deeply psychological subjects. In this instance, she crafts a myste...

    The third of the Planetfall books is probably the least self-contained of the three, but builds on the themes of mental health and abuse along with underlying social problems in this plausible dystopic future. Anna Kubrin is a geologist and artist who's come to Mars partly for scien...

    6.8 out of 10 at: https://1000yearplan.com/2018/05/03/c... Before Mars is the third standalone novel set in Emma Newman?s Planetfall universe, though the events of all three are loosely connected and having read the other two is helpful, if not necessary. In this one, geologist an...

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review. I've been tremendously enjoying Emma Newman's Planetfall trilogy, and it's possible that this is my favorite book by her so far. The themes of how our mental well-being is influenced by our world, how technology conne...

    Ahoy there mateys! This is the second companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read them in p...

    Not as good as the first two books in the series unfortunately. 2.5* ...

    I enjoyed this space adventure even without having read the two previous books in the Planetfall series. Normally the first person narrative is not my favorite style of novel but in this case it was necessary so readers can follow the thought processes as Dr. Anna Kubrin works her way ...

    This one is a big "meh". It's loosely tied to the previous two books, but if you haven't read them you won't be lost or missing out on anything. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and only hung in there to see what the big mystery was. The reveal, when it finally happe...

    DNF at 116 pages. I'm just not interested. ...

    Outstanding - thought-provoking, character-driven science fiction. Such a clever book although my response to it was largely emotional. I'm really hoping for a fourth book. This sets one up perfectly. This does stand alone very well but there is a progression through the books that rea...

    I've read it as a kind of companion novel to After Atlas and it worked beautifully as such - there was suspense, and more nuance to the already fascinating worldbuilding, and an ending that was at once shocking and logical, hopeless and hopeful. ...

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Newman?s series doesn?t slow down at all in this latest installment, which combines mystery, suspense and ple...

    4.0 out of 5 stars My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Upon landing on Mars, geologist/artist Anna Kubrin is immediately suspicious of her surroundings after spotting a series of ominous clues scattered in and aro...

    Perhaps the most impressive thing with a good piece of writing is when careful plotting brings together disparate pieces of information that the reader has absorbed (in this case over two previous books) to provide a lucid whole. In Before Mars, Emma Newman powerfully combines a truly ...

    Before Mars is part futuristic mystery set on a Mars base and part character portrait of the main protagonist. Though I found it quite riveting toward the beginning, I ultimately found it unsatisfying since the intriguing characterization and concepts aren't explored in enough depth fo...

    Postpartum depression : this book is the real deal. I?m so impressed by the way Newman writes mental health. It?s all so right and true. And If you?ve read After Atlas .... you?ll probably be figuring things out much faster than the characters . ...

    Wow. Best one yet. 4.5 ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) This seemed to me very similar in plots to a variety of other books I've recently read. It was like The Martian meets The Girl on the Train. It felt like while it to...

    Emma Newman is fast becoming one of my favorite female as well as science fiction author. Her Planetfall novels are some of the best SF has to offer today, but still I don't think they are getting the attention they deserve from the community. Let's hope that will change in the future....

    Once again what hooked and then held me, is Newman?s nuanced and layered characterisation. I found Anna a deeply poignant character, who ends up on Mars as much because she is escaping her former life, rather than due to the fact that joining the tiny colony has been a lifetime?s a...

    How can this series exist and be so good and yet nobody knows about it! I love this world that Newman has built, a layered, interesting and brutal world of the future where everyone is owned and money is the only thing that matters. What I love about this series is that each book feels...

    At first I liked the what's-going-on puzzle, but it soon became clear that (view spoiler)[Anna was being gaslit. (hide spoiler)] . But we still have "Whodunit?" and "Why?" so we're OK. Newman wanted to write about mental illness and non-traditional feelings about motherhood, and th...

    Very much like a dull party that you can't wait to leave, only to think about some of events and people when you have finished. Before Mars is a plodding book that thanks to the predecessor 'After Atlas' and the nuclear war the ending of this book is pretty predetermined. That been s...