Overview: Two years before Edgar Rice Burroughs became a worldwide celebrity with the publication of Tarzan of the Apes and its twenty-two sequels, which together have sold more than 30 million copies, he published the futuristic sci-fi romance, A Princess of Mars. A Princess of Mars tells the story of John Carter, a Civil War veteran who inexplicably finds himself held prisoner on the planet Mars by the Green Men of Thark. With Dejah Thoris, the princess of another clan on Mars, John Carter must fight for their freedom and save the entire planet from destruction as the life-sustaining Atmosphere Factory slowly grinds to a halt.
A Princess of Mars is the first in Burroughs’ eleven book Barsoon series, following the continued adventures of John Carter.
My thoughts: I had a hard time getting into this book at first. I had to reread many sentences to understand what the author meant. A few sentences contradict themselves. First, the author says, “Most…” but then counters with “A few…” right after it. Reading carefully is required to understand what’s going on. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi, but the construction of the author’s world is very believable with a few flukes. He adheres to general scientific reasoning, especially considering it was published back in 1917.
The gender roles and characterization of the Indians in the book annoyed me a bit, but it was written a long time ago. I had to keep reminding myself of that fact as I scoffed at Dejah Thoris being unable to protect herself although the author seemed to set her up as someone who could fight for herself.
Towards the end of the book, I became more engrossed in it. It’s not the most interesting, entertaining, best thing I’ve read, but the middle and end of the book keep my interest and pulled me in. I don’t recommend me this for everyone. However, if you like sci-fi, then this will probably be a good match for you. Even though this book is a part of a series, I think the first book is complete in itself. I don’t plan to read anymore of this series, but we’ll see what happens.
I found this book for free on Amazon.com and downloaded it onto my kindle.