Story Review: “We Have Always Lived on Mars” by Cecil Castellucci

we have always lived on marsA girl named Nina has spent her whole life with a small group stranded on Mars. Their ancestors were the first wave to colonize the planet, but then a tragedy befell Earth, and no one else followed. For generations they have survived, maintaining a strict population limit, and striving day in and day out to keep the human race alive. But one day, as the result of an accident, Nina and the colonists learn something new about her, and in turn she is allowed to learn something new about the colony itself. This is an expertly told short story, written with minimal but elegant prose. The suspense builds to some great heights as the plot moves towards its final revelation, and ends with a bang. It’s the sort of story you’ll wish you could read for the first time again. ★★★★★ – Sean Farrell



★★★★★ = Excellent | ★★★★ = Very Good | ★★★ = Good | ★★ = Fair | ★ = Poor

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