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)
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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.
The next chamber was a visual history of robotics. I choked and looked around, wondering if there was a way to escape the room before things got too uncomfortable. “Hey,” I said, trying to get Hemingway to stop and turn around. “Let’s try the history of media. There are really old record players in there. Records! Do we even know what those are?” But Hemingway kept going.
It wasn’t like this stuff was new to him, was it? I mean, his mind came from the encyclopedia of all history. He knew everything. And evidently had perfect recall, judging from how he was constantly bringing up random facts like that one about Genghis Kahn. I went to his side where he stood in front of a display about transistors. I was really rusty on this stuff, and honestly, before I met Hemingway, I didn’t care about it. The display would have been laughable to me.
He moved slowly, staring intently at each object and the electronic placards next to them—small Gates with scrolling type. There were displays about air muscles, muscle wires, and electroactive polymers, going up to the big advancements starting with the first types of robots until the exhibit came to the extremely real, biological robotic engineering.
Hemingway was silent and withdrawn. Anxiety started to churn my stomach. Was he going to freak out? I took a deep breath and went to his side, took his hand, and gave it a squeeze. “You alright?” I asked. It was very grown up and mature of me, I felt. And I was secretly proud of myself.
He nodded. “Just, seeing the history of my people, displayed like this, as though, well, you know. As though all that we are is a bunch of parts. It’s weird. Kind of hurts.”
He turned and stared down at me. His eyes were on fire. It looked like there were tears welling up in them. “It’s incredibly insensitive of them,” I said. And I meant it. Why was there an exhibit about androids as though they weren’t alive and living as a segment of our society? I fumed inwardly.
“We’re more than that, you know?” He studied my face. “You do know, don’t you?”
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