The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street-smart girl to discover how he came to be.
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars - from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team...Written by
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[speaking from the podium]
I wanted to go to Mars. Not just a visit, I want to live there. Because then I'd be living truth that life on Mars Is possible. Proof that if we had to, Mankind can make a fresh start. We're in trouble and it's our fault, and we're running out of time, and mother nature doesn't negotiate. We can't give up, not now. Mars is a planet, ripe and ready for life. Earth's resources might be depleted but there is one resource we must never neglect. It's the most ...
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Hold Back the River
Written by James Bay & Iain Archer (as Iain Denis Archer)
Performed by James Bay
Courtesy of Republic Records
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An excellent YA movie
Remember when family movies or children's movies or teen movies were all over the place and no one bashed them for being such? An American Werewolf in London. The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes. Teen Wolf. Lord Love a Duck. The Breakfast Club. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Heathers. Revenge of the Nerds. Sixteen Candles...
But slowly, year by year, movies became something that only the smart, cool, fully grown but before middle-age people were allowed to enjoy and all else was trash, not good enough, stupid, too silly, not serious enough, not accurate enough.
This isn't the greatest YA story, but it is definitely a good young story. So be young and wave buh-bye-bye to the people who think only their preferences are allowed.
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