The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Martian Chronicles is a collection of connected short stories about man and Martians. Bradbury paints a picture of a Mars ruined by human colonists. Although no one character travels the entire length of the book, the eerie, fascinating stories have imaginative settings. Stories are suspenseful and tackle human topics of jealousy, selfishness, racism, and actual events of the past. Throughout the book, we find out that the four expeditions for human occupation are due to the imminent atomic war on Earth. Bradbury writes his tales with lyrical beauty that culminate in an unforgettable ending . The Martian Chronicles is a great collection for both science fiction fans as well as general readers. – Evani R. ‘17
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Bradbury's writing style is generally concise and to the point, but somehow he manages to create worlds as complex as our own, characters as human as any actual person. From the first meeting of Martians and Men in the story \”Ylla\” to their last encounter in \”The Off Season,\” from Mars' desolation in \”The Watchers\” to its final, hopeful re-population in \”The Million-Year Picnic,\” The Martian Chronicles is not meant to be realistic, like some science fiction. Instead, it is intended to describe human nature by introducing a wide array of characters. Some are greedy, others selfless; some are vengeful, others peaceful; and most are somewhere in between, a perfect blend of good and evil. This collection may look like a short, light read, but in truth it is something far greater.