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Young Lex Simms is half-alien. Like the rest of his family, he has inherited the remarkable Martian abilities of changing shape and traveling in spirit form through time and space. After Lex risks his life to rescue his relatives from their doomed planet, a violent storm nearly kills them. The older Martians plead with Lex to take them back to Mars where they expected to die of thirst anyway. However, the younger ones want to stay on Earth and become human. Meanwhile, arch-enemy Fi detects their presence, and - oh boy - is he mad! According to an agreement made eons ago, Earth belongs to Fi. He threatens to torture any non-Earthling he finds on his planet. The Martians must choose whether to return to Mars where death awaits, or stay on Earth and face Fi's terrible anger. Either way, their future looks grim.
BookLife Prize in Fiction Competition

Title: Pick Your Planet

Author: Dorothy Piper

Genre: Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror

Audience: Young Adult

Word Count: 77,000


Piper offers up a fast-paced story about a young half-Martian who faces a difficult decision after working to save his people. The story moves quickly and nimbly through detailed set pieces and gives an interesting glimpse into life on Earth from an outsider's perspective. The characters are engaging and well developed, and they remind the reader that aliens have all the same interpersonal problems as humans!


  • Plot/Idea: 7
  • Originality: 7
  • Prose: 9
  • Character/Execution: 8
  • Overall: 7.75

Report Submitted: October 4, 2016