The Rust

The Rust

858 Reads 84 Votes 13 Part Story
MoonLoop By MoonLoop Updated May 16, 2017

By the 23rd century, humanity has colonized its first planet: Mars. Far removed from Earth's military power, resources, and affluence, daily life on the red planet is chaotic and dangerous. 

Mig is an aging mercenary who relies on dwindling civilian contracts to earn his living. Olivia is a brilliant programmer who struggles with a medical condition she's too poor to treat. They live and work together in the small settlement of New Shanidar, but a chance encounter starts a sequence of events that threatens to destroy their lives, their loyalty to each other, and all hope for a better future on Earth.    

(Original image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

  • anthropology
  • badassreads
  • diversityinlit
  • mars
  • mercenary
  • military
  • projectpenniless
  • romance
  • wattys2016
minusfractions minusfractions Apr 08, 2017
Been meaning to pick this up for a while and I'm glad I did. Seems like an interesting setting.
Voyageavecmoi Voyageavecmoi Mar 23, 2016
Intriguing beginning. I'm enjoying that what we may see today as the leaders (NASA) are now considered the relics. Space piracy, a very nice twist. The challenges of Mars' atmosphere come through well too. Great opening.
JSClark7 JSClark7 Apr 04, 2016
Looks like I found my next book. When I first signed into Wattpad, I was looking for Kim Stanley Robinson style hard Sci Fi. Looks like I found some.