The wanderers

by Howrey, Meg,

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Training for the first-ever mission to Mars, three astronauts share experiences that push the boundary between the real and surreal while irrevocably changing their relationships and familial bonds.
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Booklist Review: "Three astronauts Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov have been chosen to be the first to travel to Mars. To prepare them, the international organization Prime Space has devised a 17-month simulation so realistic that the boundary between real and unreal is pushed to the limit. The astronauts are monitored during the simulation and know that they are under intense scrutiny. As well, their families are part of the journey, and their strained relationships are examined with humor and compassion. Each astronaut will hide things from monitors and from each other. In a journey of 50 million miles, how long can they hide from themselves? The Wanderers (a reference to the planets) confronts ageless questions of why humans explore, what they are looking for, and what happens when they find it. Evoking the authenticity of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves (2015) with the literary sensitivity of Ann Patchett, Howrey has made the mission-to-Mars motif an exquisite exploration of human space, inner and outer.--Vicha, Don Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Three astronauts and those who know them best explore the limits of truth and love in Howrey's (Blind Sight) genre-bending novel. Helen Kane, Sergei Kuznetsov, and Yoshihiro Tanaka are the perfect crew for the first mission to Mars: elite explorers and engineers, they're more at home in microgravity than with their families. But even years of training can't fully prepare them for Eidolon, a highly-engineered 17-month-long simulation. Beyond the physical and emotional stress for the crew members, their prolonged isolation will also test their families. The story's multiple points of view don't confuse the intensely introspective narrative; instead they create perspective and distance-three planetary bodies and their satellites observing themselves, and each other. The voices are distinct, each member reviewing and acting on his or her own emotional telemetry with equal parts brilliance and blunder, and the stakes are high, with any heartbeat capable of tipping the scales against the crew's survival. But the longer the mission runs, the longer the three are kept in isolation, the more they question the stories they choose to tell their handlers, their families, each other, and themselves-and the more they question the stories they are being told. With these believably fragile and idealistic characters at the helm, Howrey's insightful novel will take readers to a place where they too can "lift their heads and wonder." Agent: Lisa Bankoff, ICM Partners. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Astronauts Fiction
Interplanetary voyages Fiction
Space flight Fiction
Space tourism Fiction
Science Fiction
Science fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Publishing Group,2017
Penguin Publishing Group2017
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780399574658
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