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Arabella of Mars [Reading] ➹ Arabella of Mars ➯ David D. Levine – Ever since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub mankind has sought the stars When William III of England commissioned Capt William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late Ever since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub mankind has sought the stars When William III of England commissioned Capt William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late s they proved that space travel was both possible and profitable Now one century later a plantation in the flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby A tomboy who shares her father's deft hand with complex automatons Being raised on the Martian frontier by her Martian nanny Arabella is a wild child than a proper Arabella of MOBI :↠ young lady Something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen London England Arabella soon finds herself trying to navigate an alien world until a dramatic change in her family's circumstances forces her to defy all conventions in order to return to Mars in order to save both her brother and the plantation To do this Arabella must pass as a boy on the Diana a ship serving the Mars Trading Company with a mysterious Indian captain who is intrigued by her knack with automatons Arabella must weather the naval war between Britain and France learning how to sail and a mutinous crew if she hopes to save her brother from certain death.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 320 pages
  • Arabella of Mars
  • David D. Levine
  • English
  • 11 May 2014

10 thoughts on “Arabella of Mars

  1. Philip Philip says:

    35ish starsThis is a very fun YA steampunk that intelligently circumvents some of the most annoying tropes of YA in a way that makes it feel appropriate for both younger young adults as well as non young adult adults In a clever alternate 1800s history when space travel takes place in airships that sail between planets there lives a respectable intrepid heroine named Arabella born to English parents on Mars We get to follow the story across several settings including the Red Planet England and an airship journeying from one to the other The story itself is pretty streamlined and basic and even though the page count isn't particularly high I feel like it still could have been trimmed a bit especially in the middle third on the airship There's a convenient not uite believable romance as well as a somewhat romanticized representation of the time period and some of its historical unpleasantness But overall Arabella herself is a great character and the world in which she lives is interesting enough to make me want to keep reading

  2. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Final review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureWhat if Isaac Newton instead of watching an apple fall from a tree and being inspired to develop a new theory of gravity had observed a bubble rising from his bathtub and begun to meditate on space travel? Well in the world of Arabella of Mars a delightful and uniue blend of a Regency era nautical adventure and the pioneering science fiction of Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs it resulted in Captain Kidd commanding the first voyage to Mars in the late 1600s A little over a hundred years later in the year 1812 there are plantations on Mars that grow valuable khoresh wood watched over by their British masters with the assistance of Martian servants who have a vaguely crablike appearance as well as multiple languages and a culture that most humans fail to appreciateArabella is a sixteen year old tomboy raised on Mars with the help of a Martian nanny Khema Her pleasant life there is brought to an abrupt end when she gets a head injury in a rowdy game of Hound and Hare with her older brother Michael Worse yet her parents catch her wearing pants while she’s getting her head stitched up afterwards Arabella’s appalled mother who is set on her daughter becoming a genteel young lady drags Arabella and her two younger sisters back to Earth Over the next several months Arabella unhappily deals with the physical burden of Earth’s heavier gravity as well as with the stifling Regency expectations of proper ladylike behavior Secretly exploring and fixing the internal workings of her father’s automaton a mechanical harpsichord player run by intricate clockwork is her only outlet a way to feel closer to her far distant fatherWhen Arabella’s father suddenly dies back on Mars Arabella finds out that her brother Michael who stayed on Mars with their father is in grave danger from a source he won’t expect Arabella unearths the intrepid and adventurous side of her character which has been buried for so many months she disguises herself as a boy in order to get a job on a ship heading to Mars so she can warn her brother and help protect him Arabella’s talent with automata unexpectedly helps her to land a job on a Mars Company ship captained by the intelligent handsome Captain Prakash Singh Arabella has a difficult time adjusting to the rigorous physical demands of being the most junior member of the ship’s crew but that’s only the beginning of her adventures in space where all the classic perils of sea travel reappear with an interplanetary twistIn a whimsical throwback to the Jules Verne era of scientific romances not only do spaceships in this universe look like old time sailing ships but space is essentially like one big ocean with asteroids as islands What’s the air in space is breathable if a little cold and asteroids have trees growing on them It takes some getting used to As the ship Diana took off from Earth and rose higher and higher I kept expecting that moment when Arabella and the other sailors would encase the ship in a bubble of air or put on space suits It never happened It’s surreal but rather a breath of fresh air ― as is Arabella herselfSpirited and resourceful Arabella is nevertheless grounded in her time Raised by a Martian nanny and impressed by the intrepid Captain Singh she is admirably colorblind in contrast to the racist and xenophobic attitudes of many of the other characters but she needs to work to overcome a tendency to exhibit a superior attitude toward others who aren’t aware of things that Arabella takes for granted Life among the crew of the Diana painfully learning new skills that the other sailors do easily helps Arabella to become a mature and thoughtful person Arabella of Mars makes many sly references to colonial Great Britain including the Mars Company of space ships the British navy’s treatment of its sailors French piracy in the skies and native uprisings It’s amusing that the book’s title calls to mind both Georgette Heyer’s classic Regency novel Arabella as well as the titles of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom novels like Thuvia Maid of Mars In fact Mars is here the literary euivalent of colonial India with the Martians in the role of the native people who are treated at best rather dismissively by most of the British colonists on their planet David D Levine weaves in some serious issues like the historical role of women colonialism racism and entailment of estates but it never becomes too heavy for this adventure tale The detailed descriptions of life aboard ship and the duties of sailors based to a large extent on nautical practices during the Napoleonic Wars do occasionally bog down the story slightly but the overall pace is brisk and imbued with a fresh sense of adventure and discovery Arabella of Mars is a debut novel by Levine a Hugo award winning author of speculative short fiction Two seuels have been promised by Levine but Arabella is also very satisfactory as a stand alone read It’s an enchanting novel for young and young at heart readers who will enjoy a retro flavored science fiction read I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review Thank you

  3. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Arabella Ashby of Mars The year is 1812 and already humans have been capable of space travel for centuries thanks to the advances in automata and airship technology made in the 1600s Our titular heroine is Martian born and Martian bred having been raised on her family’s frontier colonial plantation until the year she turned sixteen when her mother deemed the red planet too unsuitable for the enrichment of proper young ladies After saying goodbye to her father her older brother Michael and her childhood home where so many fond memories of her wild adventures have been forged Arabella is whisked away along with her two younger sisters back to London England on Earth a planet as alien to our protagonist as Mars is to most English folkGrowing up on Mars Arabella’s Martian nanny Khema taught her how to be strong and independent—important traits to have if one hopes to thrive on the world’s harsh surface But back in England she is expected to be meek and gentile following the myriad incomprehensible rules of etiuette expected from a young woman of high birth Before she’s had much time to settle though her family receives terrible news from Mars Arabella’s father has passed on leaving the ownership of the plantation to Michael his only son and heir However members of the extended Ashby family have other ideas Arabella’s cousin Simon Ashby has long felt slighted over his side of the family’s lack of inheritance and sees this as an opportunity to seize what he wants When Arabella finds out about Simon’s dastardly plans to kill her brother it is a race to Mars in order to try and stop himBut while she’s still on Earth Arabella is just a girl with no resources or power and her murderous cousin has a pretty big head start In a desperate gambit she steals a set of men’s clothing and poses as a boy looking for work on a ship bound for Mars and that’s how she ends up on the Diana a merchant airship for the Mars Trading Company captained by the handsome and mysterious Prakash SinghAhem if someone had told me this was predominantly a girl disguised as a boy story I would have read this one much much sooner I can’t help it; as common and well used as it is I’m always a sucker for this trope As an added bonus I happen to love nautical fantasy While the “sailing” here takes place in space instead of upon the high seas and the airships might not look exactly like the traditional tall ships of history one look at that gorgeous cover with the sails and rigging and you can probably tell that the general idea is the same We may be trading ocean currents for solar winds but you still have the ship crew sailing lingo the everyday activities that take place on a trade ship and even a heart stopping encounter with French privateersI’ve never read anything by the author before this but I can see the reason for all his accolades and why his short fiction is so widely praised David D Levine is an excellent world builder imagining an alternate history where instead of observing an apple fall to the ground the great Sir Isaac Newton receives his epiphany after watching a soap bubble in his bath rise to the surface leading him to form the principle of aerial buoyancy Thus humankind was able to develop space travel so uickly Despite the themes of planetary colonialism and traversing the stars though there’s also a strong fantastical nature to this novel In truth the elements of sci fi are pretty light making a lot of the “technology” feel practically indistinguishable from magic This includes the society’s use of automata and other clockwork machinery giving Arabella of Mars a strong Regency Era inspired steampunk flavorAs for the character of Arabella it was impossible not to be drawn to her immediately She’s a free spirit trapped by the strict conventions of the early 1800s especially those placed upon upper class young women But her Martian upbringing and her time with Khema had shown her see how things could be different the Martians are a heavily carapaced race of aliens with eye stalks and it is their larger powerful females who are the warriors and leaders and so she has a much different outlook than her mother and her peers Although this gives Arabella a “special snowflake” vibe at times not to mention her knack with fixing automata which surpasses the abilities of even the most experienced adults it was very easy to feel a connection to her character and to cheer for her every step of the way on her uest to save her brotherThere are a few other nitpicks but they are mostly minor The plot was fast paced but felt a little “forced” and too convenient considering everything that could go wrong does go wrong and at times it got very predictable The romance between Arabella and Captain Singh also came on a bit too suddenly for me at the end there especially since the latter spent than half the book believing the former to be nothing than his cabin boy But since this novel appears to be designed for crossover YA and adult appeal I didn’t mind these stylistic choices too muchAll in all I loved Arabella of Mars and I couldn’t have asked for a fun and exciting genre bending tale With its intriguing mix of steampunk fantasy science fiction and alternate history readers of every persuasion will likely find something for them in this wonderful action packed coming of age adventure

  4. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    DNF at page 176Steampunk Victorian era Sci Fi set on Mars This has all the makings of a stellar genre bending mashup but instead it reads like Treasure Planet on sleeping pills

  5. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Set on an alternate earth where Isaac Newton discovered the means for man to reach the stars in the late 1600s Arabella of Mars captures the romantic optimistic feel of classic science fiction The environment of 1800s English society adding an elegant veneer to a thoroughly spacefaring journey of self discovery by our heroine Arabella Ashby of MarsWhen human’s venture forth into space Mars is naturally the first planet explored Mankind discovering that not only is its atmosphere breathable but it has a native tree vital to future interplanetary travel as well as crab like denizens who are able to be communicated with and dealt with in the same manner as other indigenous races in the British Empire This revelation leading to the settlement of the Red Planet colonies plantations and businesses springing up around its surface Assuredly the brave colonists who settle this new world are still English men and women but they are also frontiers people of a sort who find themselves slowly changing and adapting to their new environment physiologically and socially; their years upon the fourth planet from the Sun living side by side with the natives turning them into a new class of BritsArabella is a perfect example of this new citizen of Mars; she is audacious curious adventurous and far attached to Mars than her true home back on Earth which means she is thoroughly unlady like by her mother’s good English standards The fact that Arabella has also inherited her father’s fondness for science and automatons as well as a desire to adopt the customs of the Martian “natives” results in her mother moving Arabella back to London England to straighten her out before she is too “wild” for any man to marryFitting into London society in the early 1800s is not easy for our Martian transplant however Her independent nature improper manners and uick wits problematic than helpful in this new environment And it is only when tragedy strikes and danger comes to one she loves that Arabella discovers a use for her “undesirable” ualities as she disguises herself as a man and proves herself on a lengthy journey back to Mars’ familiar climesSometimes I pick up a novel with a lot of expectations My mind already imagining all the amazing characters places and mysteries I’m about to experience And generally speaking few of these highly anticipated must reads ever live up to my personal hype for them Thankfully the reverse is also true I’ve found that books which I have no preconceived notions about are usually enjoyable and fun Arabella of Mars fitting snugly into the latter categoryNow don’t take that admission to mean that I was expecting bad things from this novel Rather I had zero expectations My opinion a blank book to be filled in So when David D Levine delivered an entertaining coming of age tale with an intelligent strong woman as the lead set in a masterful world with Newtonian Bubble Ships Or Marsmen if you prefer interstellar weather steampunk like automatons and cool Martians I was happily surprised All these familiar elements deftly juggled by the author to maximize the entertainment even if none of them were particularly new That last statement not a thinly veiled criticism of the narrative but a statement that sometimes the familiar is refreshing and comforting allowing one to sit back and just enjoy the time away from the troubles of reality and have fun Arabella of Mars being that sort of “escapist” vehicle for meIt all comes down to whether you my faithful or casual reader might enjoy this novel though I mean that is why you are reading the review right? This uestion always a tough one to answer One that I nor any other reviewer can truly prophesize with perfect accuracy because of everyone’s different tastes and differing needs But since I do not wish to disappoint I will hazard a guess that anyone who enjoys heroine coming of age stories or fans of Victorian esue science fiction or even YA sci fi would find a lot to like here I did which isn’t always a guarantee of your enjoyment but it is the only measure I have to base my prediction uponI received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone

  6. Connor Connor says:

    Here is my non spoiler video review

  7. Sherwood Smith Sherwood Smith says:

    I read this book in draft and loved it before the professional editors got to it and gave it its extra polishIntrepid Arabella spent enough time running about with her Martian friends on Great Britain's Martian colony to feel the constraint of female social expectations when she is shipped off to England to be prepared for the marriage hunt While staying with her obnoxious aunt and cousins she overhears something from a one of those cousins to make her believe that her brother heir to the estate on Mars is in dangerWhat is an intrepid heroine to do? Why disguise herself as a boy join a naval ship and work her way to Mars to warn himClockwork automatons tall ships and science fictional trips to Mars blend here in a delightful tale of adventure heroism and imagination Levine does a convincing job here with his ships that sail between planets creates colorful characters and never lets the adventure flag ramping up to a nail biting conclusion when they get to MarsHere Arabella's childhood experiences prove to be just what a young heroine needs in this romantic adventure whose tone gives a nod to the old fashioned tales of Jules Verne It should also appeal to readers who enjoy Naomi Novik's Temeraire stories and Patrick O'Brian

  8. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    A clever mash up of a Regency England period piece with the sort of solar system imagined by early writers in SF We get sailing ships in space plying the trade routes between Earth and Mars during the Napoleonic Wars along with a Mars with Martian natives and canals Also a Venus with swamps and jungles and lizardmen but unseen here And all of this with our viewpoint character the wonderfully capable Arabella raised on Mars where the native women are warriors and chafing under the restrictions on women in Regency societyArabella is a 17 year old girl raised on her family's wood plantation She and her brother Michael have been undergoing training under their Martian nanny which goes far beyond the sort of activity expected of a young Englishwoman This raises the ire of her mother who packs Arabella and her sisters back to Earth and away from Arabella's beloved father and his passion for automata that Arabella sharesWhen a plot to steal her family's wealth comes to light Arabella needs to get to Mars in a hurry and so she takes employment in male disguise on a merchantman traveling there What follows could be lifted from any set of sea adventure novels set during the Napoleonic Wars but with the added twists of her hidden gender and the ships in space thingI enjoyed this mashup with each part of the book being enjoyable separately Arabella's Martian life her banishment to England and flight away from her cousins to the time on the Diana and her return to Mars There are elements of how the English treat the Martians that gloss over aspects of colonialism however This is deftly sidestepped by having Arabella being familiar with the Martian culture and apparently free from prejudice but prejudice is everywhere in Regency society so it's difficult to avoid and this book doesn't really criticize the status uo at all There's also a low key romance going on here and I'm intrigued how that will play out in the ongoing story It's hard to see how Arabella can function as she wishes when even her relatively enlightened love interest acts uite patriarchal at times

  9. Jim Jim says:

    Read an advance copy and loved it enough to provide the following blurbLevine has created a wonderful alternate 19th century with interplanetary airships space pirates automatons Martians and a young woman determined to save her family This book reminded me how much fun reading can be and makes me want to take an airship to MarsRight now

  10. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    121119 299 for Kindle If you enjoy Steampunk y ish Adventures with plucky heroines and a dash of romance SNAG ITEnjoyed every minute of itFor some reason I'd thought this was a Middle Grade book but it's not it's YA Although it's perfectly appropriate for younger readers who read above their grade levelAnd if you enjoy this like I did I think you'd also enjoy Airborn

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