The Wanderers

The Wanderers

Large Print - 2017
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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 Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they're the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Retired from NASA, Helen had not trained for irrelevance. It is nobody's fault that the best of her exists in space, but her daughter can't help placing blame. The MarsNOW mission is Helen's last chance to return to the only place she's ever truly felt at home. For Yoshi, it's an opportunity to prove himself worthy of the wife he has loved absolutely, if not quite rightly. Sergei is willing to spend seventeen months in a tin can if it means travelling to Mars. He will at least be tested past the point of exhaustion, and this is the example he will set for his sons. As the days turn into months the line between what is real and unreal becomes blurred, and the astronauts learn that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The Wanderers gets at the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, MI :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
ISBN: 9781432838263
Branch Call Number: LP FIC HOW
Characteristics: large print.,rda
543 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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7626dee
Sep 29, 2017

Very enjoyable book for the first half with a very believable mission for three interesting astronauts. Author ignores an elephant in the space ship when she puts together two men with one woman. A two year mission and there will not be any thought of sex yet one of the men is divorced and the lady is widowed. Last part of the book drags due to the constant asides to deal with the family members and their very petty problems. The great explorers of the 12-1700 era used to disappear for years on their sea voyages and treks and that is the price families pay when connected to great explorers-it is dangerous and time consuming get used to it already!

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aplmegh
Aug 20, 2017

Literary science fiction about going to Mars for people who don't like Mars. If you do like Mars, bonus. The novel's conceit may irritate some readers but it also delightfully mirrors the experience of our protagonists. A clever book that might make your brain hurt.

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jedabug
Jul 12, 2017

Wonderfully complex characters and interesting setting. The story is about a simulated trip to Mars, and reading the book is like being in the simulation yourself. This book would be a great book club book, lots to discuss about relationships and the nature of reality!

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laphampeak
May 29, 2017

Intelligently written with forays into human nature against a backdrop of astronauts in a simulated trip to Mars.

0Charlie Apr 05, 2017

A very enjoyable read. Although there is not a lot of action, it was an interesting study into the psychology of space travel. It was fascinating to watch how each of the main participants worked toward their ultimate goals. The control of emotions, the political correctness of what they say (knowing that every word, look, gesture was being scrutinized), the subservance of personal relationships to their own desires was expressed with depth and poetry. Well done.

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