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Last Day on Mars

(2017)
(The first book in the Chronicle of the Dark Star series)
A novel by

 
 
"Last Day on Mars is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative. Like a lovechild of Gravity and The Martian, it's a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced, that balances action, science, humor, and most importantly, two compelling main characters in Liam and Phoebe. A fantastic start to an epic new series." --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series

"Emerson's writing explodes off the page in this irresistible space adventure, filled with startling plot twists, diabolical aliens, and (my favorite!) courageous young heroes faced with an impossible task." --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Unwanteds series

It is Earth year 2213--but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity's survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a dangerous struggle for survival.

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"Last Day on Mars is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative. Like a lovechild of Gravity and The Martian, it's a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced, that balances action, science, humor, and most importantly, two compelling main characters in Liam and Phoebe. A fantastic start to an epic new series." - Soman Chainani

"Emerson's writing explodes off the page in this irresistible space adventure, filled with startling plot twists, diabolical aliens, and (my favorite!) courageous young heroes faced with an impossible task." - Lisa McMann

"This is perfect science fiction: a terrifying yet very cool vision of the future, lots of technological awesomeness, mind-bending alien mysteries, a mission to save the human race—and two funny, resourceful, very real kid heroes who I’d follow to the edges of the universe." - Tui T Sutherland

"A hugely enjoyable blend of adventure, humor, science, and kids trying to find their place when humanity itself doesn’t have one." - Emma Trevayne


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Used availability for Kevin Emerson's Last Day on Mars

Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Last Day On Mars (Chronicle Of The Dark Star) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
ISBN: 0-606-41034-1 / 978-0-606-41034-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star)
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
ISBN: 0-06-230671-5 / 978-0-06-230671-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star)
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
ISBN: 0-06-230672-3 / 978-0-06-230672-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

August 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Last Day on Mars: Chronicle of the Dark Star Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


August 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Last Day on Mars: Chronicle of the Dark Star Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Last Day on Mars: Chronicle of the Dark Star Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Last Day on Mars: Chronicle of the Dark Star Series, Book 1
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star Book 1)
Author(s): Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Availability: Amazon CA