At the end of book one of Aoléon The Martian Girl, Aoléon had brought Gilbert to Mars and was showing him what Martians do for fun. Gilbert was just getting use to his new space suit and the lighter gravitational pull on Mars when they receive a mission. They are given the task to investigate the Luminon of Mars who is suspected of planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. This is all in addition to attending Martian school and Gilbert having to learn about Martian culture.
I loved how in Aoléon The Martian Girl: Luminess of Mars, Brent LeVasseur starts to show the difference between Martian culture and Earth culture. I was surprised that a quote from Ayn Rand is used to describe the differences between Martians and Earthlings. Aoléon points out how Martians share thoughts and memories telepathically while people on Earth are more individualistic. She continues to say that this is why beings from other planets fear Earth. I loved this idea and it showed me that despite this book being meant for a middle school audience, adults can get something out of it as well. Another part I enjoyed was hearing what goes on in a Martian school, I’ll tell you that it’s a little different than earth school.
Much like the first book in the series, this book is filled with action, comedy and some great computer art. I think the art in book 2 is better than the art in book 1, because in this book there are more pictures of Martian cities. The detail that goes into showing the physical differences between each martian is unbelievable and I can only imagine how much work goes into each picture. That’s not all though, the buildings that are in some of the art looks like something that you would want to see in a gallery of Science Fiction art. On the cover you get a small sample of what a Martian city looks like, but in the book there are more detailed pictures that are out of this world, literally.
Aoléon The Martian Girl: Luminess of Mars is a book that works on several different levels. It’s a kid’s book that adults will love and includes great art and characters that will make you want to read the next book in the series. Not only has Brent LeVasseur given some breathtaking art in this book, he has also created a Martian mythology that Science Fiction fans will love. I can hardly wait to see where this book series will go next. This is a great book that will get kids to see what new worlds can be explored by reading Science Fiction.