'The fact that someone had decided I'd be safer on Mars, where you could still only SORT OF breathe the air and SORT OF not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well.'
In a future world in which aliens have taken over Earth and the polar ice is covering the planet, 12-year-old Alice Dare is being evacuated to Mars by the Emergency Earth Coalition to join the youth defense force. She's not sure what to expect from her new life - but the challenges of being taught by robots and forced to learn to fly a spaceship pale into insignificance when all of the adults on the base mysteriously disappear.
This engaging story is the first in a fun new sci-fi adventure series that is perfect for 9-12 year-old readers, and is sure to be enjoyed by both boys and girls. Sophia McDougall writes with freshness, imagination and wit and there's a likeable cast of resourceful young characters, as well as enough action and wacky goings-on to keep young readers eagerly turning the pages.