MARTians by Blythe Woolston



Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, has just been graduated. Early. Her options: wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds—a safe place, and close to AllMART, Zoë’s new employer, where “your smile is AllMART’s welcome mat.” Zoë may be the last girl, but her name means “life,” and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.

MARTians is set in a world of exurban decay studded with big-box stores, where its inhabitants are numbed by shopping and the six o’clock “news.” MARTians may be the future, but it is frighteningly familiar.


This book was interesting to read. It felt sort of surreal to read it which I thought drove me onto read it further. Elements of the book surprised me and some confused me. Like why are there only two places to work? What if you wanted to work in a library, obviously not. This made the reading experience sort of trippy as it was hard to relate.

The characters were a little bland and the only character I think was developed and had a back story was Timmer. Zoë felt annoying and always seemed to have something to complain about or was completely naïve.

The story plot was developed quite quick and everything progressed rapidly. It was interesting to see the day to day workplace action and all the sort of stuff that went on there.

The writing was good. I enjoyed the subtle humours as it was such dark fiction.

I liked this book but something just stopped me loving this book. I rate this book 3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I recommend you read this if you enjoy futuristic fiction.


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