The Wanderers

The Wanderers

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A 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.

"A transcendent, cross-cultural, and cross planetary journey into the mysteries of space and self. . . . Howrey's expansive vision left me awestruck." --Ruth Ozeki

"Howrey's exquisite novel demonstrates that the final frontier may not be space after all." --J. Ryan Stradal

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 seventeen 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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399574634
Branch Call Number: FIC Howre
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm.

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“A lyrical and subtle space opera” says Kirkus Reviews. In preparation for a trip to Mars, three people must train through simulation in the Utah desert. What results is a study of human psychology and the longing for discovery.


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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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