Free Read [Contemporary Book] ☆ The Wanderers - by Meg Howrey ✓

By Meg Howrey | Comments: ( 594 ) | Date: ( Jun 02, 2020 )

Three astronauts locked in intensive training for the first crewed mission to Mars the wit and observation of Zoe Heller or Karen Joy Fowler meets the near future setting of The Martian in this timely and compelling novel of ambition, endeavour and family I know NASA wants you to stay on as Chief Astronaut Boone says Rescue me, thinks Helen The best of Helen KaThree astronauts locked in intensive training for the first crewed mission to Mars the wit and observation of Zoe Heller or Karen Joy Fowler meets the near future setting of The Martian in this timely and compelling novel of ambition, endeavour and family I know NASA wants you to stay on as Chief Astronaut Boone says Rescue me, thinks Helen The best of Helen Kane exists in space If she doesn t go back up, she ll be consigned to a lesser version of herself on a planet that has also seen better days Helen is an experienced astronaut with a NASA position and a struggling grown up daughter who needs her but when, at the age of fifty three, she is offered a place on the training programme for the first crewed mission to Mars, she cannot refuse a last chance to walk among the stars Her fellow astronauts are Sergei, a gruff Russian whose teenage sons are less mysterious to him than they d like to think and Yoshi, kind and focused, whose exhaustive carefulness has led him ever further from his wife The three will be enclosed for months in a tiny spacecraft, while outside their loved ones negotiate life on Earth How far will the wanderers travel in the pursuit of endeavour, and what will it be like to come home Phenomenal The Wanderers explores the dangers and necessities of venturing away from the familiar and finding home in the unknown Howrey s expansive vision left me awestruck Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being


  • Title: The Wanderers
  • Author: Meg Howrey
  • ISBN: 9781471146657
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Meg Howrey

Meg Howrey is the author of the novels The Wanderers, The Cranes Dance, and Blind Sight She is also the coauthor, writing under the pen name Magnus Flyte, of the New York Times Bestseller City of Dark Magic and City of Lost Dreams Her non fiction has appeared in Vogue and The Los Angeles Review of Books She currently lives in Los Angeles.Meg was a professional dancer who performed with the Joffrey Ballet and City Ballet of Los Angeles, among others She made her theatrical debut in James Lapine s Twelve Dreams at Lincoln Center, and received the 2001 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role in the Broadway National Tour of Contact.



Comments The Wanderers

  • Larry H

    I'm about 3.5 stars here.Aerospace behemoth Prime Space, which has made its presence known in NASA's waning years, has a plan to put the first humans on Mars in four years. The company has selected the perfect crew for this mission—Helen Kane, Sergei Kuznetsov, and Yoshihiro Tanaka—each of them leaders in their own country's space program who have participated on the International Space Station. The three are chosen for their complementary skills, personalities, and backgrounds, which should [...]


  • Taryn

    3.5 Stars. Three astronauts embark on a seventeen-month training simulation in preparation for a real trip to Mars. During the hyper-realistic simulation, Prime Space will be studying the astronauts' behavior and monitoring their communications with their families to see how they hold up on such a long mission. The goal is "not asking them to deal with the environment [Prime Space has] created for them, but creating the right environment for them to deal with whatever they encounter." The most u [...]


  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    A book following astronauts getting ready to go to Mars sounds awesome right?Well this book manages to make it boring Nothing happened at all


  • Bradley

    I like all kinds of books.I generally don't have much of a problem getting into SF that happens to be more about family and interpersonal drama than about space but I do like to know that this is what I'm getting into.By all accounts, the extended opening felt like a glorious character-driven lead-up to a tight and absorbing journey to Mars. But when the interpersonal stuff took over and most of the page space was devoted to different family members, all of which stayed behind, I had to conclude [...]


  • Philip

    2.75ish stars.This is a story about the struggle to connect and communicate and about the balance between (selfishly?) finding and fulfilling one's identity and how that may come at the expense of sharing one's life with those whom they love and who need them. It shows the dissonance between three astronauts who seemingly know exactly what their goals are and where their lives are going (Mars), and people they love who are wandering, floating, just trying to figure things out, with and without t [...]


  • Laura

    This review is also published at theslattern/2017/03/07/theThe Wanderers: a very long journey that’ll have you asking “Are we nearly there yet?”Alarm bells should have rung at the dust jacket's comparison to both The Martian and Station Eleven; one of those is a fast-paced space romp, the other a gentle and profound meditation on the place of art in a post-apocalyptic world. The only real similarity between the two is that they made a tonne of money.The overzealous publisher who made that [...]


  • Carlos

    I don't know what to think about this book, for one I appreciate it's focus on the psychological aspect of the human mind when it's pushed to the extreme and all that this entails on a physical level as well. The main characters are in a simulation for most of the book , they are training to go to Mars and need to spend time together in a fake landing to see if they are psychologically prepared for the real thing , you can see how they are pressured and how they bend but not break, you get to se [...]


  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was interesting. I feel like I would have liked this so much more if there were less perspectives. I was constantly getting characters confused and I couldn’t keep anything straight. BUT. I really did like the concept of this, so I think I’ll do a re-read down the line and I predict I’ll enjoy it significantly more when that time comes.


  • Dannii Elle

    My full review, of this book and many others, can be found on United by Pop.Non-fiction books focusing on the study of space are my guilty pleasure! So, when I was offered the chance to read this space-inspired story I could not have been more excited.This book is immense in its capacity for topics to discourse. It manages to cover both weighty and universal topics, such as the trials of space exploration, alongside the character’s inner monologues that deal with their more personal and indivi [...]


  • Diane S ☔

    Review to follow.


  • Terri Jacobson

    Meg Howrey's new book, The Wanderers, is not your typical science fiction fare--in fact, I hesitate to even call it science fiction. It's a deep analysis of the human condition, not just in outer space, but in the inner recesses of each individual's psyche. The story begins as Prime Space Systems brings together a team of experienced astronauts for a mission to Mars. The chosen are Helen, a 53 year old American, Soshi, a Japanese engineer, and Sergei, a former Russian cosmonaut. They are a solid [...]


  • Brandon Forsyth

    Not all who read THE WANDERERS will be lost, but more than a few might scratch their heads and wonder who this book is supposed to be for. It's like someone read THE MARTIAN and thought, "this is atrociously written" (a viewpoint I am more than sympathetic to), but then stripped out all the wonder and humour and tension from it while adding some wonderfully-written metaphors. Do well-written books have to be dull character studies full of apathetic, uninspiring protagonists? I refuse to believe [...]


  • Jennifer

    This was a Giveaway.The story is told from various viewpoints: the astronauts, a family member for each astronaut, and one Obber team member. This lends to the emotional insight you gain as the story progresses. I was pleasantly surprised at the layers of the story. Howrey's writing keeps you engaged when the story may otherwise seem slow.


  • Amanda

    4.5 stars


  • Carol (Bookaria)

    The book follows the lives and relationships of three cosmonauts before they go into an isolated simulation for seventeen months.The book is very introspective and the author goes into the inner thoughts and feelings of the main characters and its closest relatives. It is told from the different points of view of the cosmonauts as well as some family members and Prime colleagues.  This is book is NOT like The Martian, even though they are both scfi and related to colonizing Mars the structure [...]


  • Gabby

    DNF at 50%I saw a lot of people comparing this book to The Martian which is ridiculous, because The Martian is amazing and this is anything but. Holy shit, this book is so boring. I barlely made it to the halfway point before giving up. All the characters are so flat and boring and one dimensional and there are so many characters it's hard to keep track of them all (especially when they are all equally uninteresting). Sorry, this one just wasn't for me.


  • Noah Nichols

    Have a hankering for some vanilla flavoring? Then you should scoop up this weak offering! With no feeling and no anything, reallyis lifeless novel is already my most disappointing read of 2017 (you're presently second, Everything Matters!).Straight up, Meg Howrey has written one of the dullest we're-going-to-Mars-now novels that I have ever had the displeasure of trudging through. The Wanderers is a suckfest as well as a snoozefest—yup, it's a TWOFER! F this B. If all books were like this book [...]


  • Sarah Anne

    This really wasn't at all what I was expecting. I thought "Hey! They go to Mars! Awesome!" but without that many exclamation points.The story is about three astronauts who are training to go to Mars. They're sent to a training facility that exactly mimics what they believe Mars will be like so they can prepare both mentally and physically before leaving. It's not just about the three astronauts/cosmonauts, however. It also spends time with each of the family members; Helen's daughter, Yoshi's wi [...]


  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/04/17/In the near future, a private aerospace company called Prime Space begins preparations for their mission to put the first human beings on Mars. Within their timeline of four years, they have put in place a number of planned test runs and experiments, a key one of them being the 17-month long simulation to prove that a small crew of three can indeed survive the long and rigorous journey to the red planet—while remaining physically and [...]


  • switterbug (Betsey)

    If you want or expect a sci-fi or dystopian novel, then you may be disappointed. Fortunately, I was not, and experienced it on the merits of a mildly speculative but mostly literary novel about characters facing the challenge of authenticity vs. representation, and their very (and sometimes fluid) definitions. An American astronaut, Helen Kane, a Russian cosmonaut, Sergei Kuznetsov, and a Japanese taikonaut, Yoshihiro Tanaka, spend 17 months together in a simulated mission to Mars and back, ( a [...]


  • Ashley Brooks

    This was a weird one, and I'm having a hard time figuring out if I liked it or not. I think marketing was a bit of an issue, personally I think it would have done better with the VanderMeer treatment and been pushed with the literary side of fiction rather than the SFF. Or as much as I hated it, Faber's The Book of Strange New Things. It reads like a literary novel, in that it's purely a character study of three astronauts and their families preparing for a long mission to Mars, and honestly I j [...]


  • Sydney Young

    If you are looking for a replica of The Martian or Station Eleven, that is not this book. Instead, this book is an exploration of the humans involved in a Martian space simulation, whether by being the selected astronaut or one of the family members waiting while the 17 month Mars simulation progresses. Whether from the past or present, these people and their stories, their frailties and strengths, their hopes and worries for themselves, earth and humankind; they will touch your soul. I think if [...]


  • Rachel (Kalanadi)

    DNF at page 87. Third time in over a month I've forgotten I'd been reading this. It seemed quite good at first, but I think the plot has been mis-marketed. I was getting bored with all the POVs and side stories.


  • Lori

    Not quite what I had hoped it would be. Definitely more Station Eleven - slow, plodding, unexeceptional - than The Martian. More a study of how ridiculously well-paired personalities behave when they know their every thought and action is being closely scrutinized, when I would have enjoyed some Real World drama to break up the monotony.


  • Margaret

    This is now available! You can read my extended review on my blog: margaretkingsbury/bookHelen, Yoshi, and Sergei will be the first astronauts on Mars, and Prime Space will put them there. Prime Space believes these three engineers and space exploration vets have the perfect personalities to pull off this long and potentially fraught trip.But before the trio can go to Mars, they must undergo a 17-month simulation of the trip, a simulation that feels so real that as the months drag on, the astron [...]


  • Leah (Jane Speare)

    Mars is my favorite object in space so whenever it is mentioned in a book description, I can't help but to pick it up. But as much as this is a "space book" about the first manned mission to Mars, it is not at all. It's a highly character-driven introspective narrative. Writing from a variety of viewpoints, Howrey explores and digs deep into the three astronauts' minds and those of their loved ones back on Earth. I appreciated how universal this book felt and I think Gene Roddenberry would have [...]


  • Jim

    It seems that the reviewers who didn't like The Wanderers also didn't like Station Eleven, which is helpful, I suppose, in that it demonstrates consistently poor taste. I guess that's why they have the Lifetime Channel, for people who like their dramas with predictable beats and bathroom breaks? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


  • Marjorie

    Helen Kane, Sergei Kuznetsov and Yoshihiro Tanaka have been chosen by Prime Space to possibly be the first astronauts to land on Mars. But first they have to prove themselves by submitting to a closely studied simulation of the flight, which will take 17 months. They don’t have a minute’s privacy as they’re constantly watched by employees of Prime Space. The simulation is so realistic that it’s sometimes hard for the astronauts to believe they’re not really on their way to Mars. Meanwh [...]


  • Leah Bayer

    This is a book that I think is going to suffer from terrible marketing. I have seen multiple blurbs that state it is The Martian x Station Eleven. I guess that's true if by that you mean that they have vaguely connected elements (astronauts and uh being alone?). But then you might as well say that The Wanderers is Brokeback Mountain x Halo, because it has gay characters and video games. Even though I knew it probably wouldn't be what the blurb promised, I still felt let down by The Wanderers. Th [...]


  • Andrea

    When approaching The Wanderers by Meg Howrey, remember to check your expectations. What are you hoping to get out of this book? Because let me tell you, this is a kind of novel that might not appeal to everyone. It's a very well-written character study, similar to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, but with a realistic setting, so if you are looking for an action-driven space adventure, this is not the book to satisfy that itch. The story follows three astronauts and a small number of their [...]


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