Start of the Story
The story begins with Mia describing her early childhood living near Los Angeles before the oceans rose to cover it. Her parents were both scientists studying Earth’s environment after its transformation into a nature preserve. They decided that she should learn how to hunt and track to survive, and she excelled at it. One day, a storm came in, and her parents were lost in the deluge. After that, Mia is sent to live with a family friend by the name of Samuel Mikhailov.
When she arrives there, Mr. Mikhailov asks her if she is willing to change her appearance, and she agrees. However, her new build is that of a Martian girl, which scares away Samuel’s children. They play on the beach together, but soon Mia falls ill with an unknown disease. She recovers within days, even though it should’ve taken weeks for her to recover from such symptoms.
Military unit of young girls in Volcanic Age
Volcanic Age is futuristic, sci-fi manga of a military unit of young girls on Mars fighting for their lives against alien bug monsters. Volcanic Age is serialized in Monthly Comic Ryu. The story is set in the future when humanity has abandoned Earth because it became covered in deserts due to global warming and the reckless human pollution that caused it. They moved to Mars, which they plan on terraforming through nanomachines so humans can live there.
However, powerful beings called themselves the “Martians” somehow came back after they were supposed to have died eons ago and started attacking humans—starting with Mars’s sister planet, Earth! The Martian bugs are all over Mars in every place/city/town/village, making it extremely hard to fight them. The only thing that can stop these monsters is the military flying city-ship “Ryuoh” and young girls.
Volcanic Age follows several of the Ryuoh’s pilots as they go on their missions against the Martians.
Unique virus role in Volcanic Age
Volcanic Age is a novel written by Eric Nylund. After developing a virus allowing for DNA manipulation, humans have evolved to become immortal and deeply green-skinned aliens in the distant future. The novel takes place on an alien planet called “Mars,” covered in oceans and lush vegetation. Overpopulation has forced humanity to spread its reach across the galaxy in search of new habitable worlds. In addition, Earth has been turned into a vast nature preserve for terrestrial lifeforms from back when Earth was inhabitable.
Martian in the novel
In this story, Mars is inhabited by the mysterious green Martians. They are descendants of previous human colonists that took refuge beneath the surface during an ancient cataclysm that destroyed much of their original civilization. Most Martians are content to live their immortal lives in peaceful isolation, but some are dissatisfied with their current affairs.
The protagonist is a human named Corey (whose name was changed to “Mia Sauter” when his identity was transliterated into Martian language), who disguises herself as a Martian using her DNA manipulation technique to look like them; everyone knows she is capable of changing her appearance, but nobody knows why or how she uses it. As the story unfolds, Mia finds that there are plenty of secrets hidden beneath the surface of Mars, including the fact that many Martians possess a compelling innate ability called “psionics.”
These abilities vary from person to person; while most display parlor tricks such as moving stones around, others have more powerful skills. One Martian, in particular, is showing signs of becoming a ruler for all Martians who want to overthrow the human presence on Mars and restore the planet to its former glory.
Before long, Mia finds herself caught up in this war that might end with her death; she also comes into possession of information that could threaten the entirety of human culture.
For years, Vernon’s been part of the team responsible for keeping the peace on Minerva–a job he does not mind so much because it lets him spend his days surfing and relaxing. But when a highly skilled operative named Dax arrives with a crew of elite operatives as part of an ongoing investigation to find out who or what is behind the disappearances of several people across the planet, Vernon’s life becomes anything but peaceful…and that is before they discover that not only are those missing still alive…they may not want to come home.
There are 44 chapters in total right now, but the battle between Naoya and his sister Natsue’s robot is not resolved yet – it ends with chapter 45, which had just been released yesterday (March 8th). So even though there may be more after that point, it’ll most likely be a flashback or some other type of side-story.
Here are some reviews of the novel, the good, the bad, and the verdict of the story is below:
I like VOLCANIC AGE because it does not take itself too seriously; as such, I do not take it too seriously myself. When the first chapter opens with an older man serenading a volcano, you know you are in for a tongue-in-cheek adventure.
Some parts were difficult to read because there was no emotional connection with any of the characters yet. Though I am told this is not the first book in the NOVAL series, so perhaps that’s why some parts felt incomplete or rushed to me.
It is a fun sci-fi mystery with an exciting world and story; if you do not take it too seriously, VOLCANIC AGE is worth picking up to see how much crazy stuff goes down on Minerva!