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CatStronauts: Race to Mars: 01/25/17
CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington is the second of the CatStronauts books. The cats of CATSUP are enjoying their hero status but have basically been grounded by it as well. Meanwhile, around the world, other teams are readying crafts to head to Mars as the space race heats up.
The strongest contender in the Mars race is the Russian CosmoCats, based out of SOCKS. They have already sent ahead their equipment and are now readying their ship to rendezvous with it.
The last act of the book has the introduced CatStronauts and CosmoCats stranded on Mars in a set up that is a nod to The Martian but with more than one character and those characters all being cats.
This book, though, didn't gel for me as well as the first one did. I saw some missed opportunities. For instance, Japan is absent from the race to Mars, even though they are currently active in the space program. Wouldn't it have been funny to have NEKO as one of the agencies with homages to the numerous space based manga (Space Brothers, Saturn Apartments, Twin Spica — to name three)? None the less, it's still a fun book and if there is a third one, I will gladly read it.
This book like the first one, comes out in April