Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Kevin Emerson's Last Day on Mars, hosted by Jean Book Nerd! I am so excited to be able to share with you an awesome guest post of random things brought to you from the author himself! Be sure to visit all the tour stops for a chance to read reviews, excerpts, and other amazing guest posts. Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. Without further ado, let me introduce you to Last Day on Mars!
Last Day on Mars
by Kevin Emerson
Series: Chronicle of the Dark Star #1
Published: 14 February 2017
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Age Level: Middle Grade
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 prepare 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 very 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 desperate struggle for survival.
10 Random Things About Me
1. I’m really into cooking. Like, really into it. I was very excited recently because I got a Dutch oven.
2. I have this whole other side of me that is a musician. For example, I’m the drummer in a band called Math and Physics Club.
3. Before that, in Boston, I was the drummer in a funk band. Really.
4. For a while, I had a children’s music band called The Board of Education, and we wrote a song called “Why Is Dad So Mad?” (hint: he’s mad at George Lucas) that was kind of a hit on satellite radio. It’s a little dated now that the new movies are out, but if you want, you can hear it here: https://youtu.be/bFgYjHgJTFw
5. I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing.
6. When I need to relax, my son and I play old Zelda games. We are working our way chronologically through all the games. (He’s six). We are currently on “A Link to the Past” from 1991.
7. I’ve never watched a reality TV show.
8. Last Day on Mars is, I believe, the first book of mine (number 16) that includes zero references to pancakes.
9. I used to be an elementary school science teacher.
10. I probably shouldn’t share this, but I once appeared in a Swedish TV commercial: https://youtu.be/OmhHOcPIrKY
How fun was that guest post?! I have been dying to share that with you for so long. It was tough to keep it all to myself! I am so glad Kevin shared his awesome videos with us, too. Thank you Kevin!
Another bit of awesome that Kevin and Walden Pond Press have created and made available is an educators' guide to the book that includes elements of science, science fiction, and creative writing! I took a peek at it - but just a peek so I didn't spoil the story at all - and let me tell you, it is AMAZING! I can't wait to read every bit of information on it after I've finished Last Day on Mars. Download your copy of this helpful guide by clicking HERE!
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Praise for Last Day on Mars
“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
“Last Day on Mars is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative, a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced. A fantastic start to an epic new series.” --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil
“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 Sutherland, New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series
“A hugely enjoyable blend of adventure, humor, science, and kids trying to find their place when humanity itself doesn’t have one.” --Emma Trevayne, author of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden
“Action-packed science-fiction adventure.” --Brightly.com
Author of the Exile series, The Atlanteans series, The Fellowship for Alien Detection, the Oliver Nocturne series and Carlos is Gonna Get It. Musician in The Board of Education. Former K-8 science teacher, currently teaching with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in Seattle, by way of Boston.
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