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You're Going to Mars!

Written by: Rob Dircks
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger.   

I’m going to Mars.   

Well, I’m only going to Mars if I can find a winning Red Scarab to get on Zach Larson’s crazy reality show. And then I’ll have to figure out how to escape this hellhole. And then compete on live television for three months. And somehow win a spot on the crew of the very first manned mission to Mars. Oh, and one more slight obstacle? There might be a reason that by 2085 a human still hasn’t set foot on the Red Planet. A dangerous reason. A reason worth killing for.   

In You’re Going to Mars! Rob Dircks, Audible best-selling author of Where the Hell Is Tesla?, creates a near-future filled with family (the good kind and the insufferable kind), pop divas, mobsters, and the world’s first trillionaire - and sends them all on a science fiction odyssey/comedy/love story/adventure that will change their world forever.

©2018 Rob Dircks (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • RO
  • 2018-12-28

This book is kind of terrible...

Narrator is poorly matched and the character motivations don't make sense... The main character keeps doing stupid things that are present a clear and present danger to her and others in fits of peak... But she's supposed to be a very smart, mechanical expert... Feels more like a mediocre children's book than anything.

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kept me hooked!

great story that kept me hooked right to the last! would definitely recommend for all ages

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Pleasantly surprised

I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book. As far as this genre goes, I tend to drift more towards action adventure sci-fi. However, this book was a nice change of pace. The characters (most of them) are quite believable. Paper... yes, that’s main character’s name... is very enjoyable to watch/hear develop and overcome the obstacles put before her.

Some of the characters feel like they could have been left out as they serve no real purpose. You could easily see the story progress just fine without them.

Khristine Hvam certainly breathes a great deal of life in to the story with her portrayal of Paper and supporting cast. Certainly interested in other works narrated by her now.

Overall I would suggest this book. It’s a nice, light take on a story that has been told similarly before. But certainly enjoyable.

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it was good but it needed another hour

love the story and the concept for the world but the characters could be deeper to better explain their emotional motivation

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Another gem by Rob Dircks!

I won't lie-- when I saw that Rob Dircks had released a new novel I scooped it up without even reading the plot. I knew I'd love it as I have his other stories. Rob Dircks has fast become one of my favorite authors with his brilliant mix of sci-fi and comedy.

This book was no exception. The main character was well written and it was very exciting to see a female lead in one of Dirck's works. Paper was so much fun to get to know and I loved going along her journey with her. This book is a fast paced and fun adventure! My one critique was that some of the decisions Paper made were out of character for her intelligence level. She seemed to be a bit oblivious during certain points of the story which did distract me.


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I was totally shipping Paper and Aurora!

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 2018-11-13

Reviewers Choice Award, its that good

Triplets named Paper, Rock and Scissors live in Fill City One with their father and grandmother.  Paper’s dream is to go to Mars someday.   Good news for Paper!  Zach Larson, a private entrepreneur is funding a private trip to Mars.  For one lucky person who competes on his TV game show and wins!  Much like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Paper has to find the much sought-after prize, a red scarab.  If she’s lucky enough to find a winning scarab, she has to escape Fill City One; ride over 2,000 miles with her absentee mother, then she has to compete in Larson’s live TV show for three months and beat out 25 other contestants. Can she do it?  Thing is Paper is smart and strong but she’s not without feelings.  She has to decide to what depths she will sink to get to Mars …

Rob Dircks, the author, gives his audience an action-packed adventure full of twists and emotional highs and lows. Dircks creates characters that he gives depth to and cultivates them into likeable (and hate-able) beings.

The plot is well structured and solid.  Each character is realistic as is the dialog.  The reactions of his characters are spot on as well.  Dircks has carefully and delightfully constructed a memorable story.  I would love to see it filmed!

I got this audiobook two days ago and I finished it within the 48 hours I had it.  It is captivating, interesting and creative.  I could not put it down!

Khristine Hvam performed the audiobook excellently!  She was comfortable with the story and characters, she made the audiobook pleasant and memorable as well.  This is the first time I have heard her; she is perfect!

I loved it this book.  I enjoyed the different messes Paper found herself; I found the emotional discoveries she made were insightful and at times painful.  This is an audiobook I will listen to again and again!

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  • Guilherme
  • 2019-03-10

Great book, but could be better

The first 2/3 of the book are amazing, but after that not so much. It's not bad, it just isn't as good as the beginning. The story promises to be much more and doesn't delivery it.
I think what killed my enjoyment on the book was the romantic parts. They are very artificial and come out of nowhere sometimes, I even think they could very well be totally removed from the book and it wouldn't make a difference. The family parts, though, are good and well written.
It is a good book overall, if you enjoyed the summary and the sample, you're probably gonna like it. The first parts are great, things happens very fast near the end (almost feels like it was written in a rush), and the ending is ok (not great, but bad too).
I must add, Khristine Hvam does an wonderful job reading it. Even the parts that weren't so great story-wise, became enjoyable with her voice and performance. She gives every character a voice and personality that they almost seem real sometimes.

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  • DJ
  • 2018-11-15

Another amazing, suspenseful story from Dircks

I've listened to Rob Dircks' audiobooks before and have enjoyed his unique combination of techie sci-fi and relatable humor. This audiobook has that, but goes a step further in two regards - First, it's a longer story, so it was an even richer experience. Second, though I've enjoyed hearing Rob's own voice in previous audiobooks, this one is narrated by a professional narrator, and the difference is striking. She nailed the task of creating unique voices for the many female (and male) characters, especially the main character, Paper. I found myself instantly connecting with Paper, who plays a smart and motivated underdog who is faced with hurdles and roadblocks throughout the story and gets past them thanks to her sense of adventure and sheer willpower. As usual with Dircks' stories, the storyline and settings are really inventive and leave a lot of room for your imagination to paint the made up worlds of Fill City One and the 'You're Going To Mars' sets. As I was listening, I couldn't help but think that this would make a great movie, playing off our obsession with reality TV and the behind the scenes shenanigans that go on. It has touches of 'Hunger Games' in it, but with more humor and unpredictability. That said, there's enough meat and detail to the story that it seems plausible - something that helped the suspense of Paper's wild ride feel even more gripping. The twists, turns and details uncovered kept me wanting to know what was going to happen throughout the entire audiobook. What a fun and mind-opening ride.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • @newhaven265
  • 2018-11-14

Author nails it again!

Love the imaging, love the storytelling, love the humor. Another great read/listen. The author’s books are just so enjoyable, which is what books and stories are supposed to be! Keep them coming!

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  • Julie W. Capell
  • 2018-12-14

NOT the Hunger Games (thank goodness)

THANK YOU for writing a book about a girl competing in a "game" that does NOT require the deaths of the other participants in order for a victor to be declared.

In case it's not obvious, I'm not a fan of the Hunger Games, or Survivor, or pretty much any reality shows in which the contestants must stab each other in the back and resort to other negative behaviors in order to win.

I loved that this book took the reality show concept and showed how people can win by cooperating and generally acting like decent human beings to one another.

I would have liked the book even more if it had done a bit more to emphasize the conflict inherent in the background of the main character. Given the world the author has created, I think the main character would have faced a lot more prejudice from the other contestants and that would have made for a more nuanced story.

Not as funny as his other books, but still recommendable for young girls; it would be a good book for any 10-12 year old girl who likes science and science fiction.

[This is available only as an Audible book performed by Khristine Hvam, who did a good job with all the different voices. Not sure about her choice for the voice of Zach Larson, but all the other characters felt spot on].

55 of 63 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 2019-08-02

Willy Wonka meets Hunger Games

This book starts out like Willy Wonka, win a trip to umpa land then turns into a contest as in Hunger Games only no one dies. Good book to make into a movie.

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  • Tara
  • 2019-08-01

Fun ride!

Easy to enjoy, light summer read. Characters were interesting and well written. I would buy book 2 if ever written although not needed because story concluded fully!

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  • Kim DeWolfe Schuler
  • 2019-07-24

Loved this book

Loved the characters, the dialogue, the story. Loved the narrator too. An unexpected joy. Definitely worth the credit

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  • McFitz
  • 2018-11-24

Super fun fantasy/sci-fi and outstanding narration

It's a fun underdog story set in a future U.S. where a huge corporation has complete control over waste management. Our heroine, Paper (with sisters named Rock and Scissors), is a drudge in one of the very stinky trash cities. She has always dreamed of space travel and is smart as a whip, but her lowly position keeps her firmly on the terrestrial garbage heap. That is until a contest from the richest man on Earth gives her a chance to fulfill her destiny. Now she's on her own and has to prove her mettle in a competition—called "You're Going to Mars!"—for a seat to the red planet.

The book is a fantasy overall with some fun science fiction included for the geeks among us. The characters are unique and authentic and the dialog is realistic and funny, with lots of snarky remarks and sarcasm from Paper's fellow candidates. Some of the humor was sophomoric but I laughed out loud several times. There's also plenty of action throughout and an exciting finale.

The themes are a sort of combination of "Ready Player One" (integrity trumps environment) and "Red Rising" (if you can't beat 'em, join 'em) with themes from "The Wizard of Oz" (there's no place like home) and "The Hunger Games" (don't trust your competitors) but the book is definitely for adults.

The audiobook production was excellent. As I've said many times, a narrator can make or break a story, and Khristine Hvam is absolutely brilliant in this one. Her pacing and attitude were perfect. The one little complaint I have is that her voice gets a little whiny at times, but it's a small irritation compared to the whole.

Includes foul language in a modern context, no real sex, very little violence. Highly recommended in the audiobook format and for fans of Hugh Howey, Ernest Cline, Marko Kloos, Dennis E. Taylor, and John Scalzi.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Dixon
  • 2019-08-02

Better than I expected!

I’d give this about 4.75 stars. It was unexpectedly very captivating to me. Story moved along quickly, although a little predictable which is why I’d give it 4.75 stars but regardless it was a good listen! The narrator nailed the voices and emotion and attitude of the main character especially.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful