Arabella of Mars Spoilers Review

It has space boats, Martians, privateers, mutinies, automatons, and it has one of this one's favorite tropes: a girl disguising herself as a boy. Arabella is completely unhappy in England and the only thing that consoles her is working on her father's automatons. Then her father dies and her brother is left their estate on Mars. Arabella learns that her cousin, Simon, plans to travel to Mars to assassinate her brother so he can inherit the estate. Her only way to prevent the murder is to try and get to Mars before Simon. Arabella disguises herself as a boy and gets hired on a ship called the Diana, headed by the dashing Captain Singh.
Arabella of Mars is a great mashup of regency fiction and sci-fi. It would have been nice to have seen more exploration of the Martians and a greater depth to the romance, but it ultimately keeps to the regency style.
  • Written in regency style
  • Well blended with sci-fi
  • Doesn't push stress gender themes strongly
  • Alien society could have had more depth
Plot - 7
Characters - 6
Setting - 7
Writing Style - 9
Enjoyability - 7
Chelsey and Alexandra have been posting book reviews by text or video for over 5 years now. When they're not reading and writing reviews they usually have a fantasy project in queue that they're working on. You can also catch them around town at cons and expos once or twice a year.

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