Staying Alive (The Martian Missions)

 
9781511450607: Staying Alive (The Martian Missions)

Lex Simms looks like a typical twelve-year-old, but actually he's an alien. His home is in Leeds, Yorkshire, while his Martian relatives live near the rim of the vast Hellas Basin. Lex doesn't look anything like them. Reptilian Martians can do marvelous things, like changing their body shapes and flying through Time and Space whenever they feel like it. However, the one thing they cannot do is to produce the water they desperately need to stay alive. Preemo, the Martian leader, knows that Humans can terraform his barren planet and in 1965 he sent six members of his family here on a mission to breed with Humans and produce children who will build spaceships, come to Mars, and make a small area of Hellas Basin habitable. The three youngest Martians learn how to look like Humans and, in due time, they marry with the result that Lex and his older cousin, Ryan, are born. Fast forward to 2012. Lex and Ryan learn they have barely twenty years in which to persuade the right people to come to Mars and start work. If it takes any longer, there won't be any Martians left to benefit from terraforming. Lex's mission is taking shape but then a comet heads towards Mars and could hit it in fifteen months. Even if there is no impact, the Red Planet's thin atmosphere could be ruined. The Martians are doomed. Lex risks his life when he attempts to bring his kinfolk to Earth where they can safely stay alive.

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