Fast-paced, logical and clever
The teleporting hero is most interesting. He is unexpectedly moral given his ability to travel and enter wherever he likes. The author treats the advantages as well as challenges of having such a "superpower" in an unexpectedly serious fashion. Its impact on the hero's relationship with friends, how he copes with ordinary human problems and the dangers of the modern world, lends credibility to the characters.
The foiling of the terrorists was great fun.
Just enjoyed the ride.
The book is great for teens and not too simplistic for adults. It suggests happiness is not guaranteed and has to be worked at even when one has a superpower.
This tale of a Robinson Crusoe marooned in space tops Daniel Defoe in piecing a life out of flotsam, outdoes Jules Verne for scientific accuracy, and out-McGyvers the original. The hero is a believable human being, as down to earth as the potatoes on which he survives. The only cannibalism entails high tech machine parts, but the real meat of the story is the hero who conquers every set-back by sheer dogged ingenuity, and a blue-collar sense of humor. The supporting cast consists of somewhat stock nerdy types; yet their predictability makes the main character's unorthodox solutions that much more unexpected.
Basic science is ever present in the story but not too dense to be entertaining. The sparseness of language makes every sentence count. And it might actually be true that inane '70s comedies and disco music would be more conducive to keeping one's sanity in the midst of mortal danger and utter isolation than anything more elevated.
The self-deprecating style of RC Bray provided perfect narration, so it was more hilarious in audio than in print, though I enjoyed it first on Kindle.
I highly recommend this to sci-fi fans who like their sci- solid and their -fi funny. Looking forward to anything else Andy Weir comes up with.
The headlong start of the book kept you guessing how it could end.
Jane Whitefield only improves with time.
Have listened to all the Jane Whitefield books multiple times, and this one is on a par with the well narrated pace and characters voiced.
It kept me on the edge of my seat.
The fact that the heroine is not impervious to injury and pain this time around but nonetheless uses good strategy to survive is a great development.
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