The Truth About Martians

Over a year after his older brother’s death, Mylo witnesses a flying saucer crash near his home. Mylo investigates with his best friend, Dibs, and comes into contact with an alien lifeform that desperately needs his help.

Melissa Savage has written a wonderful science-fiction novel that should appeal to all fans of the genre. Set in Roswell in 1947, the story bears all the tropes of classic old school Sci-Fi. We have flying saucers, aliens and shady government cover-ups; however, the book is far more than mere pastiche. Above all, we have a book that speaks profoundly about the nature of friendship, and above all, empathy. The story speaks to our ability to feel pain on behalf of others, whether it is our best friend, or someone from another planet.

At the heart of the novel is the friendship between Mylo and Dibs, the former still grieving the death of his brother, and the latter trying to cope with an abusive father who suffers from alcohol addiction. Together they bolster each other’s strength, feel each other’s pain, and discover deeper truths about the nature of loss and longing.

While dealing with some very difficult and important themes, the book is also tremendous fun, and this again is down to the friendship between Dibs and Mylo. The two characters make jokes, poke fun at each other, and have the kind of bond that is only truly possible when we are young.  They, like the novel, make for fantastic company.