Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Polly Newton has one single-minded dream, to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly’s plans when she sends Polly and her genius twin brother, Charles, to Galileo Academy on Earth.
Homesick and cut off from her plans for her future, Polly cannot seem to fit into life on Earth. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences centered on their high-profile classmates begin piling up. Charles may be right―there’s more going on than would appear, and the stakes are high. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.
Polly is a seemingly average teen with a good heart and a yearning for flight school. Her brother is quiet and scheming, with great insight. When dangerous situations escalate, Polly realizes her brother’s suspicions may be right.
Martians Abroad is an exciting science fiction novel that teens and adults will enjoy. The story well-paced with interesting characters. In fact, I wish we got to know Charles a bit better. He’s a bit of a mystery. The story is told from Polly’s point of view, and the siblings don’t interact a lot. Events at the school build to an exciting and satisfying finale. I really enjoy Vaughn’s fantasy novels. And this new science fiction release is another memorable story set in an intriguing, future that I’d love to read more about.