August 29th, 2013


Book Review: Seven Against Mars, by Martin Berman-Gorvine

A Jewish Princess of Mars!

Seven Against Mars

Wildside Press, 2013, 242 pages

Trapped in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942, teenager Rachel Zilber escapes the horror by writing about the adventures of Zap-Gun Jack and Princess Anya of Mars. When her parents are captured by the Nazis, Rachel's transported into her make-believe world, but the danger is far from over. Together with Katie, a girl from the future, Rachel joins Jack and a rag-tag band of misfits to fight the evil Lord Ares III of Mars and restore Princess Anya to her rightful place on the Martian throne.

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Verdict: A book that can't quite decide how seriously it takes itself, Seven Against Mars mixes Martians, Nazis, Hasidic Jews, Texas Rangers, rhyming Venusians, Belters, and Derrida (okay, not so much Derrida) in a fast-paced if bumpy adventure on a 22nd century Mars conceived of by a Polish girl from 1942. It's a little wacky, clever but maybe not quite as clever as the author thinks it is, but definitely fun, and worth reading 'cause it's also cheap!

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