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  1. Kai Kai says:

    This book is one big question mark for me.I still don t have a single clue about what was going on This book has a dystopian futuristic sound to it And there was lots of potential to spin a fantastic story But it lacks characterisation, fun, suspense, explanations and most of all a plot I have so many questions and none of them got answered throughout the novel.Why did Anna leave Zoe Where did she go What is 5er s story Where did he get that name What happened to the kids families Is Zoe s This book is one big question mark for me.I still don t have a single clue about what was going on This book has a dystopian futuristic sound to it And there was lots of potential to spin a fantastic story But it lacks characterisation, fun, suspense, explanations and most of all a plot I have so many questions and none of them got answered throughout the novel.Why did Anna leave Zoe Where did she go What is 5er s story Where did he get that name What happened to the kids families Is Zoe s dad alive or dead What is going on Help So many questions, so many things left unexplored, such a promising plot, but basically no execution whatsoever.Findof my books on Instagram


  2. Tez Tez says:

    Read it and weep Blythe Woolston s MARTians hurts to read because though it s labelled dystopian futuristic, it seems scarily contemporary.Zo s mother abandons her, and her school closes down She finds work in AllMART and shelter in a laundromat But it s clear she s living day by day, and doesn t really have a future There s never a chance to make money because she ll be forever in debt to AllMART.But perhaps the most devastating moment is the casualness in which it s possible to purchase Read it and weep Blythe Woolston s MARTians hurts to read because though it s labelled dystopian futuristic, it seems scarily contemporary.Zo s mother abandons her, and her school closes down She finds work in AllMART and shelter in a laundromat But it s clear she s living day by day, and doesn t really have a future There s never a chance to make money because she ll be forever in debt to AllMART.But perhaps the most devastating moment is the casualness in which it s possible to purchase a firearm and ammunition from a mega mart This may be commonplace to some, but it s far from normal where I live Yes, the future is terrifying But knowing that acquiring weapons can be so easy for some RIGHT NOW in real life That s even worse, and the incident in the novel is chilling enough.But throughout this terribly bleak AllMART existence is a thread of hope Always look for the ones who need help Zo s one of the lucky people, and now it s on her to spread help around While the book s ending may seem inconclusive, I get the feeling that as long as she has friends she ll be OK


  3. Jamie Dacyczyn Jamie Dacyczyn says:

    2 stars Will appeal to younger readers who enjoy light dystopian fiction, but may feel a bit undeveloped toexperienced readers I think that the author was trying to hold up a mirror to readers so that we think about how influenced we are by consumer culture, but beyond that barely cautionary tale this book didn t have much sustenance.This book takes place in a near future world where big corporate box stores cough Walmart cough essentially run every facet of society Schools are pr 2 stars Will appeal to younger readers who enjoy light dystopian fiction, but may feel a bit undeveloped toexperienced readers I think that the author was trying to hold up a mirror to readers so that we think about how influenced we are by consumer culture, but beyond that barely cautionary tale this book didn t have much sustenance.This book takes place in a near future world where big corporate box stores cough Walmart cough essentially run every facet of society Schools are privatized, and focused on raising students to be better consumers and or better retail workers Our protagonist, Zoe, lives in a nearly abandoned suburban neighborhood with her mother, their house maintained in pristine condition as they re unsuccessfully attempting to sell it on a flooded real estate market The book begins with Zoe in school, as an announcement is made that the school is closing, and all of the students have graduated early Some are given job referrals, some are carted off to other fates Zoe is given two job referrals, and ends up working at AllMART, one of the big box stores that controls everything Her mother inexplicably announces that she is moving with no explanation that I recall except to act as a plot device , so Zoe has the house to herself She soon meets Timmer, another AllMART employee, who encourages her to ditch the suburban house to come live with him and and a couple other drifters in an old shopping mall So begins Zoe s new life as an AllMART employee, working to sell, sell, sell to consumers.I can t rate this book very highly because there just didn t seem to be much of a plot beyond the initial set up that I outlined above Zoe renamed Zero by the store in order to avoid duplicate name confusion among employees works at the store, sees some less savory behind the scenes grit that seems tossed in there for mild shock value, and that s about it There are some very minor side plots involving some of the other abandoned mall squatters, but they don t really seem to serve a purpose I understand that the whole book is probably supposed to be a big cautionary tale about the direction that we re moving in as a greedy, retail society..but there needs to bethan that in a story There wasn t really a conflict or much character development No attempts to shake up this retail obsessed society, or overthrow the AllMART dictators, or even any attempts to flee to afree world Nothing We don t really see much beyond Zoe s dull existence, so we don t know what the rest of the world is doing outside of AllMART view spoiler Toward the end, there was a rushed, poorly explained episode involving a baby and one of the other abandoned mall squatters named Juliette, which evidently led to her arrest or something This caused Zoe, Timmer, and the rest to flee the abandoned mall for fear of being arrested themselves, I suppose and drive off into the sunset.or to another abandoned building Again, the ending was a bit rushed, and I m still not really sure what was behind the reactions of most of the characters To make thingsconfusing, throughout the book were interjected news stories involving some kind of tuna scandal and some fires fires that possibly started with an act of arson on Zoe s part They never really make it clear These news stories apparently reached some kind of peak near the end of the book.but again, it didn t really seem to serve a purpose hide spoiler Overall, I d say that this book may appeal to younger readers who might not have read much for dystopian sci fi books yet Unfortunately, there has been a bit of a surge in dystopian books for YA after the popularity of The Hunger Games, so there is an ample selection ofdeveloped stories to choose from Still, as a quick, stand alone read, this was alright Not awful, but not amazing either It might be fine as a book to use as springboard for interesting discussions our own consumer society


  4. Kim B. Kim B. says:

    Woolston writes it, I read it This is the law of my universe.


  5. Kimber Kimber says:

    This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.This book was provided by Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.When Zoe Zindleman s school closes she s fast tracked to graduation and gets a job at megacorporation AllMART What follows is not much of a plot at all and is mostly just a string of random events that don t really amount to much Woolston sets up what could be a really interesting and meaningful dystopia, but she lets it all b This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.This book was provided by Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.When Zoe Zindleman s school closes she s fast tracked to graduation and gets a job at megacorporation AllMART What follows is not much of a plot at all and is mostly just a string of random events that don t really amount to much Woolston sets up what could be a really interesting and meaningful dystopia, but she lets it all build up to nothing.I didn t enjoy this book at all The plot was lacking, in that there was basically no plot There was no character development or depth displayed at any point in the entire novel There was entirely too much time spent on building a world that is entirely too similar to our own world to necessitate spending the entire book building the world and then doing nothing with it.We learn about AllMART and see some of their evil practices but we don t ever see Zoe working against this or trying to make any change to her world She just stays in the same situation, same state, without any change for the whole book There was no motivation for me to actually read anything in this book except for the mistaken hope that the book would actually start to have a plot.I can t say much beyond that because there isn t muchto comment on This was hardly a book, it didn t have a plot at all


  6. Evan Evan says:

    When I read Blythe Woolston, I never know what the main character is going to ultimately do in MARTians, Z is booted out into the world not only by her school recently closed to help balance the budget but also by her mom, who takes off and lingers like a specter This is a novel seemingly about a world gone awry where consumers rule the show and the forgotten class of workers some young, some mentally ill, some fully indoctrinated, some whisked off to parts unknown because they can t adjust When I read Blythe Woolston, I never know what the main character is going to ultimately do in MARTians, Z is booted out into the world not only by her school recently closed to help balance the budget but also by her mom, who takes off and lingers like a specter This is a novel seemingly about a world gone awry where consumers rule the show and the forgotten class of workers some young, some mentally ill, some fully indoctrinated, some whisked off to parts unknown because they can t adjust suffers endlessly.But, really, this is a book that s really about transitional anxiety how little high school prepares people for a non college bound path, how little our families prepare us for complex social and professional relationships, how little we actually end up needing to survive, but how much we lack when it comes to being emotionally healthy, mentally healthy A great book, brisk and funny, dark and weird, set in a world that s got so much depth it made me think we might not be far from what Woolston s arranged here


  7. Kat Kat says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Before I comment, I would like to clarify that yes, I fully understand that this is a dystopian future very close to the current present, about how giant corporations own our lives I ve often been told that the reason I might dislike something is because I don t get it, but there s not that much to get I understand the society as presented, even Zoe s incredibly annoying Mary Sue behavior as influenced by the drug implant she gets even though that behavior doesn t change at all after she Before I comment, I would like to clarify that yes, I fully understand that this is a dystopian future very close to the current present, about how giant corporations own our lives I ve often been told that the reason I might dislike something is because I don t get it, but there s not that much to get I understand the society as presented, even Zoe s incredibly annoying Mary Sue behavior as influenced by the drug implant she gets even though that behavior doesn t change at all after she stops the drug Unfortunately, this odd and off putting story asksquestions than it answers The premise is interesting, but needs some serious editing and revision, and the characters need to have dimensions to them, and not the personality of a rubber band and a dishrag What happens is this Zoe is 17, and is told in school one day that she and the rest of the students at her school are graduating a full year and a half earlier than planned, because the building is needed for something else Not that it was much of a school, anyway she s being groomed to work retail She interviews at the two big corporations Walmart and KMart Excuse me, that s AllMART and QMart that own everything, and gets job offers to both of course , as a trainee stock boy salesperson Her mother decides to leave the home they share, and disappears, never to call or contact her in any way She ends up leaving her home and moving in with a group of other teens and one child at an abandoned strip mall Her new job leaves her in serious debt for the training, the uniform, etc , and she starts to slowly question the world she lives in, ripping out a medication implant that keeps her docile and dopey, and helping a woman who kept a baby abandoned at daycare they abandon it elsewhere We find out that Raoul, who owned the strip mall, died and Timmer hasn t told anyone to which my gut reaction was, why wouldn t he tell anyone That makes no sense Eventually, Zoe and her friends drive off into the sunset, name tags thrown to the wind Here are my unanswered questions If everyone is an employee of either AllMART or Q Mart if there were others, surely our Mary Sue Zoe would have been offered them, because she s perfect , and entire communities are wiped out, then who is doing the shopping there And is this an overpopulated super consumerist society If so, why all the vacant buildings If not, why the dorms for retail workers And why aren t customers allowed to use the bathrooms Especially if it just means they poo in the dressing rooms was that detail necessary Why did AnnaMom leave in the first place And what was she celebrating that night If Zoe owns the house, and the metal and wiring are so valuable, why didn t her scavenger friends scavenge her house before she abandoned it especially if they re so poor they share cereal or melted ice cream for dinner She trusts Timmer enough to get a ride home from him, but is wary so why is she sleeping next to him in the strip mall every night, when she was specifically offered a locked room with a couch to sleep in When Zoe removed her implanted Prozac, she got violently ill But if it s such a strong substance, why is it that nobody else mentions the drug or their own interaction with it for the whole book If there s so much surveillance everywhere, why didn t any of the drones see that Zoe was the one who started a fire that is still raging by the end of the book Why all the random references to kawaii What was it with the photo hidden in the storage unit Did that mean that her dad really did want to be in her life but wasn t for some unknown reason Why would she just leave everything behind without even looking through it, after going to the trouble of breaking in, ESPECIALLY after finding the photo of the dad she thought never wanted her What was that whole thing with Juliette and the mannequins I seriously have no idea why that scene was in the book And why did they mention that some people are sexually attracted to cartoon characters Why did we keep hearing about a tuna custody battle that went nowhere Why was anyone shocked about the actions of the newscaster some reviews called it chilling but honestly everything was so bland, it wasn t even that noteworthy And most importantly Why did I waste time reading this book I give this book 1.5 stars Very disappointed No character development, no plot excitement, nothing I will probably remember after I finish this review


  8. Laura Laura says:

    clever a dystopian society without an enemy.The plot moves quickly you realize very quickly that something is VERY wrong with this world But it doesn t appear to be any sort of apocalypse Just the continuation of where we might really be headed right now if things don t change As each day unfolds, it gets creepier and scarier, even though there are no real monsters jumping out of the darkness I think that s what I liked most there are just hints of how far down society has been taken, an clever a dystopian society without an enemy.The plot moves quickly you realize very quickly that something is VERY wrong with this world But it doesn t appear to be any sort of apocalypse Just the continuation of where we might really be headed right now if things don t change As each day unfolds, it gets creepier and scarier, even though there are no real monsters jumping out of the darkness I think that s what I liked most there are just hints of how far down society has been taken, and there is no clear enemy to blame No president or leader, no boss of the company that appears to be controlling a lot of the people.Just a nameless, faceless dread Reminds me of a lot of Hitchcock movies the scariest ones were the ones where you don t see the enemy, but you know something is out there Since you can t see what it is, it is even scarier.The main characters are well rounded and have a lot of depth The background characters have just what they need enough detail that you are interested, but not so much that you can t keep up with all of them.Looking forward tofrom this author, and will be sharing this book with my friends


  9. Michael Earp Michael Earp says:

    A brilliant and bleak depiction of consumerism take to its extreme so not a whole lot further than we currently know it If you like M.T Anderson s Feed which you definitely need to read , then you ll enjoy this too It also reminded me a bit of Brave New World where at times you feel like you re being given a tour of the world that is only slightly different from the one you know.A quote from it that sums up the ominous machine that is ALLMART, when Zoe is contemplating making the customer A brilliant and bleak depiction of consumerism take to its extreme so not a whole lot further than we currently know it If you like M.T Anderson s Feed which you definitely need to read , then you ll enjoy this too It also reminded me a bit of Brave New World where at times you feel like you re being given a tour of the world that is only slightly different from the one you know.A quote from it that sums up the ominous machine that is ALLMART, when Zoe is contemplating making the customer happy Wanting is only human Humans are only wants My purpose to see tiny seeds of wanting that I can magnify and satisfy The, because I am human too, I will want stuff The cycle is so beautiful I will belong Creeps me out, makes me think


  10. Kathleen Dixon Kathleen Dixon says:

    Another teen dystopia in a world not so far in the future where the populace are brainwashed into consumerism hmm, not unlike today Hopefully our schools aren t that bad yet, and at least the powerful shopping consortiums don t actually control the airwaves again, I say that hopefully.This is, in equal parts, bizarre and heart rending Our heroine is left on her own mother takes off somewhere and the school is closed all at the same time She graduates and begins work at one of the Ma Another teen dystopia in a world not so far in the future where the populace are brainwashed into consumerism hmm, not unlike today Hopefully our schools aren t that bad yet, and at least the powerful shopping consortiums don t actually control the airwaves again, I say that hopefully.This is, in equal parts, bizarre and heart rending Our heroine is left on her own mother takes off somewhere and the school is closed all at the same time She graduates and begins work at one of the Marts She is lucky enough to meet a silent dissident and gradually learns about how the world really works and about who she is.Good teen fiction


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MARTians Last girl Zo Zindleman, numerical ID , has just been graduated Early Her options wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip mall turned refuge for other left behinds a safe place, and close to AllMART, Zo s new employer, where your smile is AllMART s welcome mat Zo may be the last girl, but her name means life, and Zo isn t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss Zo wants to live MARTians is set in a world of exurban decay studded with big box stores, where its inhabitants are numbed by shopping and the six o clock news MARTians may be the future, but it is frighteningly familiar