Return to Mars Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mission director Dr. Waterman returns to Mars where he wants to discover evidence of life in the cliff dwellings he found during his first visit. On Mars he gets to deal with father and son Trumball who both resent Waterman's success and idealism. Although Dex is with him on Mars the bigger threat to his leadership comes from Earth from dex's father, father and son Trumball who both want to turn Mars in a money making theme park. Besides the crew's search for life on Mars they get to deal with unexpected events, romance, rivalry and mental instability.
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The review of this Book prepared by Tonne Broekman

Jamie Waterman and a new group of scientists explore Mars once again in order to investigate further the "life" that has been found when they discover something very unexpected.
The review of this Book prepared by Jessica Augustsson

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society    -   empty, or nearly empty world Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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