My latest novel, the Audible Original You're Going to Mars!, was an audiobook exclusive for six months -- now it's coming to ebook and paperback May 15!
So what's You're Going to Mars! about? It's the story of a young woman named Paper who wins a chance to compete for a spot on the first manned mission to Mars. Sounds simple, right? But it's a science fiction odyssey/comedy/love story/adventure with about a million twists and turns, and just the slightest hint of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (okay, more than the slightest hint.)
And it's gotten some pretty high praise:
"★★★★★ Hits it out of the park again! Dircks’ unflagging ability to imbue plot-crackling science fiction with a deep vein of humor, heart, and hope reminds me of Ray Bradbury with curses. An incredibly inventive plot of a young woman's journey in a world both similar and very different from ours. Wow, just wow.”
— Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of Pi in the Sky and The Candymakers
"★★★★★ Reviewers’ Choice Award – it’s THAT good. Captivating, interesting and creative. I could not put it down. I would love to see it filmed!”
"★★★★★ One of my favorites of the year! This book was a pure joy to listen to. One fist-bump moment after another. I enjoyed every minute of it."
— DabOfDarkness Book Reviews
"★★★★★ A remarkable book. You're Going to Mars! was one of the most interesting, entertaining stories I've listened to in quite a while. A fabulously written book with a unique plot, endearing characters, and a richly crafted world, You're Going to Mars is one of those books I just didn't want to put down until I finished it.”
"★★★★★ Mr. Dircks once again hits a home run! I have been a fan of Mr. Dircks’ works from his premiere release… you cannot go wrong giving this book a listen if you like science fiction and great writing.”
— Quella Book Reviews
"★★★★★ Fun, Fast-Moving, and Genuinely Funny Sci-Fi. This audiobook was a blast! A comedic sci-fi take on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story with a female protagonist. Even though Ready Player One was similarly-themed, this book is about as different as you can get, and in many ways a better book.”
— Wynne McLaughlin, Author of The Bone Feud