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My Take on Arabella of Mars

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Genres/Themes: Steampunk, Gender Bender, Fantasy, Space Travel, Young Adult

*I received a preview excerpt of this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest review*

I read only a little of the book (maybe a third?) but, so far so good.

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

A tomboy who shares her father’s deft hand with complex automatons. Being raised on the Martian frontier by her Martian nanny, Arabella is more a wild child than a proper 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.


I really think it is off to an interesting start. The concept of traveling through space on a boat was not something I had thought of before.

Arabella seems like a good character with a huge adventure ahead of her. The crew seem like good characters as well and I wanted to know more about them.

I thought the point of conflict to be a little boring but, in this case I think the book is more about the journey and changes rather than the ending… maybe. That was the sense I was getting anyhow.


Do I want to read the rest of the book? No, it was turning into something I didn’t particularly want to read.

Would I recommend it? Yeah. If you like steampunk, space, and a good adventure, this is definitely your kind of book!



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