{Effie Reviews} Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepass

Posted June 17, 2013 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepass

Blue Hearts of Mars

by Nicole Grotepass
Published on January 11th, 2013
by Amazon KDP
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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Seventeen-year-old Retta Heikkinen is in love with a boy--a thoroughly gorgeous, captivating, and mysterious boy known as Hemingway. The situation is rather ideal: he likes her, she likes him. There's just one little problem.

He's a blue heart, an android.

Being in a relationship is its own complicated mess, but how long can a forbidden love last? Soon Retta discovers a secret that could destroy the uneasy truce between the blue hearts and humans, which makes life under the domes on Mars possible. Would exposing what she knows make things better or worse? And how can she know for certain without exposing the secret?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4 Stars

Okay, so I had a crappy weekend at first but this book really made my day! I loved it!

The story is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Retta Heikkinen who falls in love with an android named Hemingway. Which is forbidden in their society because humans and blue hearts (androids) just don’t mix … according to the government and Synlife (company that makes androids). And that’s not the only good part … they live on MARS, hundreds of years into the future. Yeah, you heard right, Mars.

Retta and Hemingway start a relationschip with each other, despite it being forbidden because Hemingway is an android. Androids are incredibly discriminated against and taunted for being different. Grotepas really shows how – even in the future and living on a red planet instead of a blue one – people can be pretty judgemental about things.

It was incredible to read how Retta risked so much, just to have people accept the love she and Hemingway share with each other. They risked their very lives trying to protect their love. But I also loved the other part of the story where we find out that the government wants to send all the androids away towards a new planet against their will. Retta finds this out after breaking into Synlife, trying to find out more about androids, thus stumbling upon this secret government plot to get rid of the androids in the colonies.

And I love the way Grotepas writes, it’s so straightforward, funny and yet has this elegant touch to it. I really can’t explain better then that.

But of course there is the question of why did I give this 4 stars instead of 5? Well, to be honest there was 1 thing about the book that bugged me. The fact that certain things felt too unrealistic at times, like the fact that Retta just decided to break into Synlife to steal information, bringing her best friend Mei along and are just able to break in with no problems and get out without getting caught. I mean, don’t those companies usually have heavy security and all that?

So for those of you who love instant-love, fast-paced action filled YA science fiction stories, then this book is definitely for you.


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