"Sweet Sci-fi romance for all ages"
Melinda Ashley never expected the promised graduation trip
with her father would actually be a year-long business trip
with him to the remote colony on Mars. What was her father
thinking? She wasn't like some of her classmates who wished
to travel afar. It was a shock to find that this actually
was a life-long dream for him; so she grudgingly postponed
her plans for college, marriage to Ross and returning to
her family home.
While on the ship to Mars, Melinda begins a trip of the
soul. She becomes friends with Alex Preston, a second
generation Martian colonist who shows her a whole new way
of viewing the world. Can she leave her pre-conceived ideas
behind as she has left Earth? How will her relationships
and dreams change as she finds more than her own world view?
JOURNEY BETWEEN WORLDS is not hard sci-fi but more a sweet
romance and coming of age in a new world. Characters are
human and believable and you grow to understand the various
perceptions. Written as if Melinda was remembering her
past, Ms. Engdahl presents a story that touches both the
heart and mind.
A major plot point is the thought provoking comparison of
early settlers and homesteaders with Mars space
colonization. There may be a bit of preaching philosophy of
colonization as future hope, but is subtly woven into the
story and not objectionable.
If this is a story you have read, you may wish to take a
second look as this 2006 edition has been updated. The
author states that she found more changes needed to reflect
the modern woman's role than the science since her 1970
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006