A Princess of Mars was written nearly 100 years ago, yet it still influences the most prominent science fiction writers and film directors of our era. Edgar Rice Burroughs has written an epic story with many elements that add to the size and scale of the story. Readers will become attached to many of the main characters despite their alien origins, and the character studies (especially the romance) is interwoven flawlessly with dramatic scenes of action and adventure. However, the most intriguing aspect to the story is the personal journey of the protagonist, John Carter. His combat experience prepares him well for the war-torn planet of Barsoom, but amongst the death and destruction, he finds true love. Like many stories we know today, he must juggle the roles of soldier and lover as the inhabitants of Mars fight for survival. Science fiction readers must read A Princess of Mars to truly understand the standard Edgar Rice Burroughs has set for the science fiction genre.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Eden Prairie, Minnesota United States