Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them - and their families - changed forever.
In an age of space exploration, we search to find ourselves.
In four years aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they're the crew for the historic voyage by spending 17 months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space's team of "Obbers", Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters - and each other.
Astonishingly imaginative, tenderly comedic, and unerringly wise, The Wanderers explores the differences between those who go and those who stay, telling a story about the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.
Library Journal, A Big Fiction pick for March 2017.
©2017 Meg Howrey (P)2017 Penguin Audio
"Howrey's exquisite novel demonstrates that the final frontier may not be space after all." (J. Ryan Stradal)
I bought this book because I really enjoyed The Martian and Station Eleven, but this book is more of a drama than sci-fi. Slow moving book more about the dysfunctions of the unlikeable characters than a mission to Mars. Plodded along until it's unsatisfactory ending. Narration was very good and most likely the only reason I finished the book.
If you are at all considering this novel based on the pitch that it's "Station Eleven meets The Martian." Don't - Just don't.
This is instead, a very internally focused literary fiction with a plot that offers up nothing more than what is already in the synopsis and a colossally disinteresting 10 hour 43 minute long character study where nothing happens. Ever.
The entire novel we're either in the heads of our astronauts, who more often than not, have constant weird off-putting sexual inner monologues about one another while their family members back home who are working out their own epiphanies with no dramatic tension.
This story ["gets at the heart of what it means to be human—even when we’re hundreds of millions of miles from home."]
I'm sorry - hundreds of millions of miles? Did that person even read this book? Because ...
Major Spoiler Alert:
THEY NEVER EVEN GO TO MARS!
No! I read the tag line that this book was a combination of 'The Martian,' and 'Station 11.' Both of these are books I absolutely loved and have listened to multiple times.
I finished this book in about 3 days. I had very obsessive dreams about this book and highly anticipated a good ending. What a huge let down. I'm sure it was meant to be profound and thought evoking, but it was just enormously frustrating.
In short, I'm returning this book and getting my credit back.
I enjoyed the characters and the initial premise, but then that premise failed to lead the reader anywhere interesting.
I guess if you're very forgiving you might be willing to suspend disbelief and get something out of the last third of the book. I couldn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book up until the last few minutes. It was very well written and the character development was great. I loved the narrator. She did a great job with the 7 different voices.
**SPOILERS** But it was very anticlimactic. It was as if the last quarter of the book was lost. Nothing exciting happened. It just ended. I was disappointed.
Strange tale. I didn't really like any of the characters, but I did find them all terribly human. I'm not really sure what the point of the story was, but it was well told and very well performed. Not a total waste of time, but not particularly satisfying either.
I loved this book. The characters are compelling, and the author delves into their inner lives in a fascinating way that was never boring. It is artfully written, with passages that I wanted to listen to again just for their beauty. The action is action-y enough to keep your attention without being overwhelming. It is definitely different from the Martian and some other space exploration novels because it is more character-driven and less logistical, which I found to be a pleasant departure. This is a novel that makes you feel and wonder, without being sentimental or plodding. I'm glad I picked it despite it being a new release without many reviews. It is certainly worth a listen!
This book was perfect-other fans of science fiction may wish for the science to be more in the forefront. This book is a nice hybrid. It is sometim
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