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The Wanderers
The Wanderers | Meg Howrey
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 themand their familieschanged 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 theyre 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 nobodys fault that the best of her exists in space, but her daughter cant help placing blame. The MarsNOW mission is Helens last chance to return to the only place shes ever truly felt at home. For Yoshi, its 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Mogoeg
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I can see why this is a love it or hate it kind of book in reader reviews. Not much happens and a major plot point (such as it is) is purposely left unresolved. But I am firmly in the love category.

A book about whether we can really ever know ourselves or the people we love. A book about observation, privacy, connection, and performances - for audiences and for ourselves. I loved all the characters, but the astronauts the most.

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Mogoeg
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Waiting all day to get back to this gorgeous book. Borrowed it from the library but enjoying it so much I will probably pick up a copy for keeps.

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Mogoeg
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Only a little way in to this rather enigmatic novel but so far I'm enjoying it a lot. Howrey, I have learned from lazy sleuthing, is a former ballet dancer and so it makes sense that she is able to convey the inner lives of extraordinarily disciplined, competent and accomplished people in a compelling way. Plus one of the main characters is a 50-something female astronaut which, frankly, is unusual enough to me that it's a goddam delight.

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cleoh
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#7days7covers #covercrush day 1!

seven cover in seven days, no explanation! tag someone to join the fun!

thanks for the tags @Ruthiella And @JessClark78 !

@ephemeralwaltz if you haven‘t already, do you want to join the fun?

sudi 😍 3mo
Ruthiella Nice! I like how the text is made up of stars ⭐️! 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Very nice cover! 3mo
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JoScho
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Torie thank you so very much for this wonderful and unexpected happy package! I just got home from vacation so was already feeling blah and I am officially moving tomorrow so my night will be spend packing but this absolutely brightened my day. You are so very kind and it is very much appreciated. Thank you! 💚😊💚

AmyG Good luck with ypur move! We just sold our condo. All good stuff. 5mo
TorieStorieS You are very welcome!!! Good luck with the move!!! 5mo
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readordierachel
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Since I've read all of Becky Chambers' Wayfarers books and I don't know if/when there will be more, I'm jonesing for something similar, something that weds the world (or universe) of #tomorrow with a compelling story about human (or alien) nature. Based on the blurb, I'm hopeful that this could fill that void. And I'm in love with the cover 😍

#musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

LadyCait84 That cover is gorgeous! 11mo
readordierachel @LadyCait84 isn't it? 😍 11mo
saresmoore Wait, what? Something to scratch the Chambers itch? Read this and tell me immediately?! 11mo
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readordierachel @saresmoore I'm cautiously optimistic. I've heard good things, but those are some pretty big antigravity boots to fill. Will report back! 11mo
RaimeyGallant It's a slower read but checks your boxes. 11mo
vivastory Some pretty big antigravity boots to fill 😂😂 This book sounds great & I love the cover 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this book. Will be waiting to hear your thoughts 11mo
Cathythoughts The cover is amazing ♥️✨ 11mo
batsy Oh that's so lovely 😍 11mo
mreads This was good but not sure I would consider it the same vibe as the Chambers novels. Check out 11mo
saresmoore Haha! Too true. Thank you! I‘ll check out @mreads recommendation, as well. 11mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant I haven't, and it sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation! 11mo
readordierachel @vivastory @Cathythoughts @batsy Isn't it pretty? I could just stare at it 11mo
readordierachel @mreads Thanks for the rec! Will check it out for sure. 11mo
rohit-sawant Oo, that's a stunning cover! 11mo
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JulAnna
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Bailedbailed

This may be an #unpopularopinion but I had to bail. Reading this made me feel claustrophobic-as though I was boxed in somewhere.
I really wanted to like this one ☹️

Zelma I bailed too. I wasn‘t drawn in and a quick search of reactions convinced me that nothing was going to happen and I wasn‘t missing anything. 13mo
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marti86
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Bailedbailed

I won the book in a giveaway competition.
I was curious about this book.
I found it difficult to get into the story so I stopped after 100 pages

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rachelm
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I've been a little quiet since birth of newest little but still reading! I'm working on this one during naptimes currently.

BarbaraBB Congratulations with the new one! Of course you have little time to read 😘 1y
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lorannen
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If you like your sci-fi with a healthy serving of Feelings, this is the book for you (it certainly worked well for me)! Ostensibly about a crew prepping for a manned mission to Mars, it's also about their interpersonal relationships, their families, and how well do we really know ourselves, anyway? Made me want to call my mom a lot, in (mostly) a good way.

Cinfhen Great review! It‘s been on my TBR watchlist for a long time 😉 2y
shahn77 I really liked this one! 2y
lorannen @Cinfhen Thank you! I'm not terribly great about writing reviews, generally, but I liked this one so much! I hope you enjoy it once you get around to it. 2y
RaimeyGallant Enjoyed State of the Thing, and I'm going to look into this early reviewers program. :) 2y
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Zelma
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#libraryhaul today. I‘m lacking in new reading material at home. Yup. I keep telling myself that. 😳😉😆

BookMaven407 The Animators ❤️ 2y
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krismlars
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In the mood for some sci-fi.

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RachLovesTV
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Be forewarned, this novel is less about plot and more about character development. Despite the fact that this story is built around a mission to Mars, the primary focus of each person's inner narrative is relationship: that between parent and child, as well as two people in general. I enjoyed how each character grew and changed, but I wish it had a more definite ending. There's also a major debate about a key plot point, but no spoilers here!

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knitgirly
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I was surprised by how good this book was. So much more than a book about space travel. So many good nuggets and insight on human behavior and who we really are and the many personas we choose to show to others. I used many book darts - much more than I expected to use.

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hordner
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"It was as if he hadn't properly solved what a woman was until he saw Madoka do that. And then he had it. Women became one woman- became Madoka- became love. It was like the way you could- in one moment- "have" something in math, or in physics. Have it without metaphor or simile, have it intrinsically, as it itself. He had been profoundly moved, and very relieved."

Reading about the moment Yoshi realized Madoka was the one for him makes me smile.

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chavalah
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One of my anticipated reads of 2017, this one lived up to me! Through deft prose and great characterization, Howrey probes what draws these three astronauts to a Mars mission, and how they handle their test run. I kinda think we could've done without POVs of other characters, and stuck more concretely to the nebulous truth of the so-called trial. Biggest question is, what's real and what's not? The civilians get in the way of that, imho.

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EmilyAnne
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Holy literary fiction in space batman! I LOVED this book you guys. I mean LOVED. It's space exploration mixed with introspection mixed with family relationships and all written beautifully. I understand why some people call it more of a character study, but I think that's why I loved it so much. Gonna be thinking about this one for a loooooong time. Great reading start to 2018 ❤️🍾👩🏽‍🚀🌌

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Alytrue
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1. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
2. The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
3. I only read one : Troublemaker by Leah Remini (maybe need to add nonfiction to my 2018 reading goals??)
4. Caroline Kepnes

#LitsyQuestions @GypsyKat

GypsyKat I have some Caroline Kepnes books on my TBR list, I really need to read them! 2y
Alytrue @GypsyKat ❤️ it's chilling and wonderful! 2y
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AlizaApp
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Not quite what I expected, though I did like it. Although the book is about astronauts preparing to go to Mars, it‘s a very Earth-bound book. Less sci-fi and more human interest, but with a space twist.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 2! In 4 years, Prime Space will be putting the first humans on Mars. Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must prove they're the ones up to the task. They'll spend 17 months in a realistic simulation. Helen has to a daughter to come to terms with, Yoshi a wife, and Sergei his sons. Inner space will play just as big a role as outer space. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Jaimelire I liked this one. Slow, but good. 2y
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Karen.reads
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Holy cats this book took me forever to get through. It's gorgeous but it's so slow. 🐢 I loved the writing and the characters but there isn't much of a plot and I just couldn't read more more than a few pages at a time.

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Karen.reads
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#octoberTBR These may change (they usually do), but I'm close to finishing the top 2 and pretty excited about the others! The Wanderers is gorgeous but slooooow. 🐢 😞 I've been wanting to start MAD since it came out in August! 😫 Also I am getting The Power from #BOTM so who knows, I may decide to jump into that one! #TBR

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Karen.reads
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Gonna try to get back into this. I set it aside a couple of months ago when I went on vacation and never picked it back up. That's generally not a good sign but I'm not ready to officially abandon it yet.

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EmilyAnne
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Went to my favorite used book sale of the year and got these beauties! The ones in the middle are extra giveaway copies of my favorites 😊 I'm most excited about the wanderers - I was going to wait until it came out in paperback, but someone had donated an arc!! 🤓

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readordierachel
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Here are three books I own (but haven't read yet) that fit for #spaceoddity. Who knows, maybe I will read them this month and make them #septembermostanticipated.

#septembowie #fallintobooks @Marchpane @Cinfhen @RealLifeReading

Marchpane All of these look great 👍 2y
Anton Ancillary Justice is phenomenal 2y
readordierachel @Anton Oh, good to hear! I got it on a whim because I saw it won all kinds of awards. 2y
Cinfhen Becky Chambers has LOADS of #LitsyLove & ive been curious about The Wanderers since it was published #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 2y
readordierachel @Cinfhen I am definitely among those who loved her first book. It was so good! 2y
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Jaimelire
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I liked it. I think if you are expecting something like "The Martian" you will probably be disappointed. Not much action. Instead you get internal dialogue of the three astronauts and their families. If you enjoy this type of story (which I do), then I recommend this book. If you are looking for non-stop Mars alien action, this might not be the one for you.

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overlyattachedreader
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3.5 ?. "You don't stop being a real person just because you aren't in a real place.” Three astronauts embark on a simulated journey to Mars. This character-driven novel explores the nature of self and our relationships with each other. To some extent, all the characters live in simulated environments. One doesn't have to travel to space to experience the unknown. The most unexamined territory is not within the simulation, but within themselves.

overlyattachedreader Full review @ Goodreads (link in profile). I received this book for free from #Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It‘s available now! 2y
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Jaimelire
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A little "me time". ? Enjoying this book so far.

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LibraryReads
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A private space exploration company is mounting a manned mission to Mars. To prepare for the actual event, the company plans an elaborate training program to match the conditions & potential problems the team might face. The ordeal, though simulated, is no less dramatic for the astronauts, their families, & the crew. Lines cross between fiction & reality & none of the participants is left unchanged. Part literary fiction, part sci-fi, all amazing.

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youngreadrshelf
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A private firm plans to send an expedition to Mars in 4 years. They choose 3 veteran astronauts to go based on their abilities and qualities – Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuzretsov. They and their families are under the psychological spotlight while they undergo intensive training for 17 months. It is a very realistic simulation.
Interesting to see them relating to one another, learn about themselves. It was very good until the ending.

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Sydsavvy
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If you are looking for a replica of The Martian or Station Eleven, look elsewhere. 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 months pass. Whether from the past or present, these people & their stories, their frailties & strengths, their hopes & worries for themselves, earth & humankind; they will touch your soul.

Lacythebookworm 😍Loved it! 2y
Sydsavvy @Lacythebookworm 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Karen.reads
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My current reads for #24in48. I do have to do some work this weekend so not sure how much reading I'll actually get done, but would be great to make progress on all of these. I got 13% through the Wanderers after starting it yesterday and I am LOVING it!

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Karen.reads
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I'm in the mood for some literary sci-fi. 📚 ✨

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Sydsavvy
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“...It wasn‘t only the color that suggested war to the ancients—it was the strange motion of Mars and the other visible disks that did not behave like the stars, seemingly fixed in the firmament, but advanced and retreated and advanced again along their paths. These disks were given the name planets, meaning wanderers.” *Now that I understand the book is NOT its cover, or Station 11 or etc., I have settled down to enjoy.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Mehso-so

Here's how I felt about his book:
1. It is not meant to escape into. It is written in a very intellectual way.
2. The characters aren't very relatable-and it's not because they are astronauts. Too many inner thoughts without much of anything actually happening with the characters.
3. However, in a weird way I'm glad I finished it. I feel like I gained something from reading it even though I'm unable to clarify just what that is quite yet.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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After running a Half Marathon this morning and welcoming the 15 year old back from sleepaway camp, it's time to READ! Can.Not.Move

TracyReadsBooks Congrats on the half marathon! Sounds like you more than earned some reading time. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Thanks!! It was exhausting!🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Started this today. Already enjoying it.

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Mc_cart_ny
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My #bookhaul from going shopping today. The books demanded I buy them...I had no choice! 📚

Ruri_kaichou Yep. I was there. It's the truth. 😇 2y
Mc_cart_ny A witness!! 2y
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Kmmsellers
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The first half of the book moved really slowly for me, and because the perspective shifted so often, I found it difficult in the beginning to become invested in the characters. In the end, I don't regret sticking with it. The writing is beautiful, and I appreciate the introspection. But, I think the pacing could have been better, and either there needed to be fewer narrators or more time devoted to each of them.

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youngreadrshelf
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Spent most of my day traveling with my son and making sure he's got everything he needs for his fencing tournament. Did get to read about half of this book on the flight.

Texreader Good luck to your son!! 2y
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