I never give up on a book; ever, but this book left me resenting the life energy I wasted on getting through it. Anyone with the capacity to know extraordinary writing from good writing from mediocre writing from downright bad writing shouldn't waste their money or credits on this one. From its unbelievable and unrealistic characters and their implausible situations to its rote Christianity devoid of any spirituality, this book is painfully tedious in every way.
Science meets fiction.
This book is relentlessly engaging, fascinatingly accurate in technical and scientific detail, with a thoroughly likeable main character possessed of over the top smarts, witty and clever enough to keep himself and us entertained, and real enough for us to feel his distinctive, instinctive will to survive.
Mark surviving the Hab breach - in the detached, phone booth sized air lock lying on its side, with his EVA mask broken, one arm of his EVA glued closed because he'd pirated material from it to repair the broken mask, throwing himself repeatedly against the inside wall of the air lock trying to scoot it closer to the deflated Hab...
Science Fiction is not really my genre and maybe that comes from decades working at the Cape on the real thing. Whatever, I just don't grock it. But I look at reading the way I look at food, you've got to keep trying things because your tastes change and you just never know when you'll discover something delicious. I gave this (audio) book a try based solely on reviews and I was very pleasantly surprised. This isn't Sci-Fi really, it's science and fiction and it's fascinating.
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