Karen of Marathon

By Mark Bartel

Draft 3 Posted Date: 4/25/2015

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Young Adult Science Fiction / Dystopian

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About the Book:

Always know your enemy—especially if it's your friend. Life is difficult enough at the last remaining Mars settlement, but the deadliest challenge lies ahead. Karen had hoped to spend a peaceful two years away from heartaches back home as an exchange student at Marathon on Mars. First she nearly dies on the voyage there. Then her life becomes seriously complicated: after decades of peaceful coexistence in our solar system, aliens suddenly attack both Earth and Mars. Surviving their betrayal depends on one girl’s understanding of the aliens’ own past.

About the Author:

Mark is a Children's hospital chaplain who values the outlet of writing. Perhaps it is a form of escapism: the possibility of dealing with some fantasy after a day of reality. Or the fantasy of having some control of another world after a day of feeling out of control. In any case, writing is a tonic. Mark and his wife have three children, and this story was written for his eldest daughter.

Author's Note:

These are the first four chapters of a completed novel in revision. I appreciate all critique from the many angles that Book Country authors share. Is it a fair start for the novel? Are the voice, the pace, the dialogue all doing their duty?

Requested feedback Criteria: Overall Feedback, Point of View, Voice, Character Development, Plot, Dialogue, Pacing, Setting

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