MARTians review by JesusFreak
Age Range - Mature Young Adult
Genre - Fantasy

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Age at time of review - 15
Reviewer's Location - Yucaipa, CA, United States
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Zoë Zindleman is a teenage girl living in a near-future world, where the highest honor is getting a job at a shopping store. For Zoë, life like this is all she has known. With her father long gone and her mother’s recent departure, Zoë is left with little to no choice: Either stay in her on-the-market house that nobody is buying, or live in a strip-mall with a group of other abandoned loners.  Will Zoë live?


The first thing about this book that caught my eye was the cover art. While simple, the white shopping cart and title against the red background was nicely done.

As for the actual story, I was not impressed. The main character, Zoë, was not a very likable character.  If the book had been in a different character’s POV I most likely would have liked it more. Zoë was aggravating, didn’t make very good decisions, and her dialogue was annoying to me.

The setting could have been described better. I was not sure if Zoë's world was post-apocalyptic or an alternate universe. I also found myself very confused at certain points in the book due to descriptions that were unclear and difficult to follow.

This book was a disappointing read. Perhaps if the author had explained things more clearly and had chosen a different main character, it would have been more enjoyable for me.

Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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Talk of breasts and sexual education. A few uses of minor curse words. A person is shot on television, and various animals are harmed.

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