Before Mars

Before Mars

4.09 (2,970 ratings by Goodreads)
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Hugo Award winner Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a dark tale of a woman stationed on Mars who starts to have doubts about everything around her.

After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist in residence--and already she feels she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth.

In her room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note, painted in her own hand, warning her not to trust the colony psychiatrist. A note she can't remember painting.

When she finds a footprint in a place that the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that she is caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy. Or is she losing her grip on reality? Anna must find the truth, regardless of what horrors she might discover or what they might do to her mind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 202 x 21mm | 289g
  • Ace Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0399587322
  • 9780399587320
  • 782,738

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Before Mars is an expertly woven story that includes elements of science fiction and intrigue to keep the reader guessing from page to page...very accessible for readers who are new to the series.--Booklist

"A psychological thriller wearing the cloak of a gripping sci-fi story...delivered in excellently page-turning fashion"--LA Times

"A thrilling read."

"Part science fiction, part corporate conspiracy thriller...[Newman] channels both Andy Weir and Elon Musk to craft a compelling space odyssey."--Mountain Times

"A slow-burn psychological thriller...a science fictional spin on the gaslighting theme as novels such as Girl on the Train."--Financial Times

"Emma Newman has done it again...Before Mars was tremendously engaging and surprising. The Planetfall Series is easily one of my favorite ongoing science-fiction series."--SFF Reviews

Praise for the Planetfall novels

Cathartic and transcendent.--The New York Times

Exceptionally engaging...A vivid, riveting read.--The Washington Post

Gripping and sorrowful, this imaginative story is a satisfying return to Newman's future of greed and hope.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A thrilling tale of murder, mystery, and madness...Will keep you riveted until the very last page.--Kameron Hurly, author of The Stars Are Legion

Emma Newman creates addictive page-turners.--Starburst Magazine

The murder investigation will intrigue readers, while the overall feeling of something more sinister happening keeps the pages turning until the unexpected conclusion.--Booklist
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About Emma Newman

Emma Newman is the author of Planetfall, After Atlas, Before Mars, and Atlas Alone, and is also a professional audiobook narrator, narrating short stories and novels in all genres. She also cowrites and hosts a Hugo nominated podcast called Tea & Jeopardy. Emma is a keen role-player, gamer, and designer-dressmaker.
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Rating details

2,970 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 34% (1,019)
4 45% (1,339)
3 17% (504)
2 3% (83)
1 1% (25)
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