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Feb 15, 2021
This was a "couldn't put it down" book for me. It was funny in ways that snuck up on me and deep psychologically in ways that kept me engaged. I spent many a night propped up in bed reading later than I should because it was so…
Apr 30, 2020daggry rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This was nothing like what I was hoping for or expecting -- but I loved it. Instead of finding a fast-paced mission-to-mars adventure, I found a thoughtful and character-driven novel about identity and connection, self-perception and…
Dec 30, 2019parakeleo2 rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
I went into this book thinking that I was reading science fiction about Mars and its astronauts. I think the premise of dealing with the psychology of not just the astronauts but also their family was a fascination endeavor. What I didn't…
Nov 15, 201849ethyl rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Best book I have ever read on character development. So well written you could write a movie script directly from it. Not a plot driven book, it is all about the main characters and what they are thinking about their life, their role in…
Jan 23, 2018
When this book was recommended to me, it was compared to "The Martian." I loved "The Martian," but this book was nothing like it. I'm hesitant to even consider it sci-fi, as the science aspect took a back seat to the rest. Nonetheless, I…
Jan 05, 2018rgally rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
Less about going to Mars (which I am more interested in) and more about the individuals and their interaction with family and co-workers (co-astronauts?). I originally categorized it as SciFi buts it's really more dysfunctional…
Sep 29, 20177626dee rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
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…
Aug 20, 2017aplmegh rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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…
Jul 12, 2017jedabug rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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…
May 29, 2017laphampeak rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Intelligently written with forays into human nature against a backdrop of astronauts in a simulated trip to Mars.
Apr 30, 2017stephaniedchase rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A fascinating look at preparation for the first manned mission to Mars, with excellent character development.
Apr 05, 20170Charlie rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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…