Publication Date: September 2018
Rating: 3 ¾ Stars
Merritt Graves is new to the book scene with this, Lakes of Mars, as his debut novel. However, this is not Graves’ first rodeo in writing as a longtime member of the band, Trapdoor Social. In fact, this novel is unique in that he’s created an accompanying sound track to complement the read, which can be found at https://soundcloud.com/trapdoorsocial/sets/the-lakes-of-mars-soundtrack.
Lakes of Mars is narrated by Aaron Sheridan. Aaron has just joined the Fleet in hopes of being placed in the most dangerous deployment zone, the Rim War. Instead, he is sent to the elite Corinth Station to train and enhance his flight skills. The ensuing story sets the stage for what promises to be an action-packed series.
This book is best described as an emotionally charged Ender’s Game as Graves equips us with more fight scenes, charged relationships and battle training on steroids. We are entertained with Aaron’s infatuation for Eve and his loveable “nerdy sidekick,” Sebastian. Buckle up as Graves seems to just be getting warmed up.
*Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.