Teen Review: “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury
This book is a compilation of short stories about humans populating Mars. The astronauts on the first spaceship are killed by the martians. The second ship’s crew is put in a mental facility. The third group is tricked into believing that they are with family and friends that have died, but it is just martians, and so the third group ends up killed. Not until the fourth spaceship is there any real progress on the part of the humans. Sometime during the the first three visits, the martians contract chicken pox from the humans, killing off all of the martians. With the martians gone, humans can finally start to populate Mars, but is it what we want? Isn’t it bad enough we killed the whole race? Do we really have to go and taint their planet with our presence? This was an interesting book about the drive behind human colonization. Though it took place on another planet, this book was very grounded in its humanity. Also, this book may become much more relevant in the near future because NASA is in the midst of launching its first human mission to Mars.
Aedan, Central TLLC, 17