The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room: A Novel by [Kushner, Rachel]

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 4/12/19-4/25/19

Wow… I am super disappointed. I know that a lot of people have said incredibly positive things about this book, but I just had trouble keeping with the overall storyline.

This book follows Romy Hall after she has been sent to prison for a life sentence without parole. In an effort to be a look-in into the American penal system, this book discusses the events that led to the women in this prison and what happens once inside.

In my personal opinion, this book followed too many side stories, some of which just wasn’t explained, and it was hard to keep up with everything that went on. In a lot of ways, I can tell that was intentional because these women’s lives were just completely uprooted after they were put in the penal system. At the same time, I just felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of stories that had NOTHING to do with the plot.

With all that being said, I think that Kushner did a good job of not only articulating prison life but also showing the manipulation and memories that define life inside. I have no knocks on the writing style, just the material that was presented.

I would give this book 3 out of 5, with a 50/50 chance of loving or hating it, depending on how you take it. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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