Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas
Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.
If only it were as simple as being in love.
Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.
"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)
"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)
"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)
"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)
"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)
Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
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Author Nicole Grotepas
Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.
“Are you going to run away from me, now?” he asked, pulling me along. We began walking. He let me lead and I took us back toward my apartment.
“Why would I run away?”
“Fear?” He raised an eyebrow and I shook my head.
“I’m not like that,” I said.
“I didn’t think you were. So then, what now, Retta?” He sounded so sincere that I stopped and stared at him. He turned to face me. Around us people parted like a dusty wind as they went past, ignoring us, and some made noises of irritation that we were in the way. Streetlights illuminated the pavement of the narrow road. The buildings rising around us like ever-vigilant sentries glowed beneath their windows. I was hyper-aware of how I was able to see people in their apartments, seeing into slices of their private lives. A little boy—who should have been in bed, really, if you thought about what time it was—knelt on the back of a couch, gliding his finger across the Gate as though browsing for toys or a show to watch.
I found myself saying, as all these things went on around us, as though everything in the universe—my universe—hinged on what I said next, “We keep going, I guess. Unless you change your mind.” A door slammed near us, voices rose above the street, a man walked down the stairs from an apartment building to the street, his small dog on a leash.
“You mean, just keep doing what we’re doing? Without a plan?” Hemingway asked, a hopeful tone entering his voice.
“That’s right. No plans. Just us.”
“And if someone challenges you?”
“I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.”
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