Mars the fourth planet in our solar system and one that holds so much mystery for mankind. It is a planet that many feel is where man should next explore with manned craft. This is what author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is doing for her readers through her knowledge of the technical, scientific, and biological. The next book in the Red Desert series, People of Mars, will reintroduce the reader to one Anna Persson.
The first book in the series, Point of No Return, saw Anna apparently running from the Isis module in a rover. She was being called from mission control back on Earth, and her ex was trying to get her to turn back. Hassan had followed her briefly in another rover only turning back when he was at the point of no return. Anna kept going and it became obvious to so many she was probably out to kill herself.
People of Mars does not open with what happens with Anna but takes the reader into the last moments of another woman. Michelle is her name and she is in an airlock. Her hands are bloodied and she begins to have flashes to what had happened to her. She had been slapped over and over again before she must have lost consciousness. The buzzing was bringing her back to reality and helped her realize where she was. The problem she’s in that airlock, and not in a suit. The doors are going to open and all she has tried isn’t stopping them. Will she get out? Yes, there is someone there looking in on her. Is this her help, her salvation, or the one who put her in the airlock sealing her fate
This opening will show the reader that things are not right within the station. There will be tension in not just personal but sexual and professional. Abuse is happening within those walls and it’s not like the inhabitants can just go and take a long walk, or move. They are stuck with each other and there is even a chance a second mission could be terminated. This would cancel the introduction of new staff and a possible way home for Anna. What is one to do with so much perceived mistrust with those she lives with?
Anna does stumble onto a potential break through that could change so much for those within the mission and maybe guarantee the second mission. The discovery is questioned as there is a potential of contamination in the tests, and thus another group of samples must be taken. It is upon this second sortie that Anna discovers something additional, and although unknown, when it becomes clear will lead to that faithful rover trip.
Author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli continues with great character development with in People of Mars She will take the reader into the past of Anna and other characters. She will show prejudice, hate, fear, longing and so many other raw emotions within the different characters. You add this to the pure mystery of Mars and the book will become hard to put down. As discoveries are being made about the planet there are even more to be made within the pages of the book.