I read Mars when I was in high school. It was one of those books whose plots sequences you never forget, and to this day I consider it one of the best books that I have ever read. I cannot, however, say the same for Return to Mars, but in all fairness I don’t remember much about it, which probably means that it didn’t blow me away like the first book in the sequence did. Regardless, Ben Bova is one of the greatest science fiction authors out there, so when my girlfriend got me a $25 gift certificate for books for my nook, Mars Life was one of the first books that I purchase as I have been looking for it in my local used book stores without any luck.