The Wanderers

  • by Meg Howrey
  • Narrated by Mozhan Marno
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 them - and their families - changed forever.
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 17 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.
Library Journal, A Big Fiction pick for March 2017.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2017 - Space is huge right now. Well, it's always huge, but it's like really big at the moment. While The Wanderers is being billed as a cross between The Martian and Station Eleven, it is really unlike any other space odyssey. It follows three astronauts and their families during a 17-month-long Mars voyage simulation. But as the astronauts become engulfed in the complexities of their expedition, the line between reality and simulation starts to blur. Meg Howrey uses this uncertainty to drive a delicious psychological tension into and between her diverse and intricate characters, and narrator Mozhan Marno exacerbates that tension with a composed, refined, and eerily calm tone of voice. The Wanderers then ends up exploring the boundaries of familial obligation and personal relationships as much as it does those of the final frontier. And the performance lands with precision, delivering a uniquely awe-inspiring glimpse of humanity at a distance and way up close.—Michael, Audible Editor

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

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Think drama more than science fiction

I bought this book because I really enjoyed The Martian and Station Eleven, but this book is more of a drama than sci-fi. Slow moving book more about the dysfunctions of the unlikeable characters than a mission to Mars. Plodded along until it's unsatisfactory ending. Narration was very good and most likely the only reason I finished the book.
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- Kindle Customer

What a horrible ending....

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No! I read the tag line that this book was a combination of 'The Martian,' and 'Station 11.' Both of these are books I absolutely loved and have listened to multiple times.

I finished this book in about 3 days. I had very obsessive dreams about this book and highly anticipated a good ending. What a huge let down. I'm sure it was meant to be profound and thought evoking, but it was just enormously frustrating.

In short, I'm returning this book and getting my credit back.


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- Nicole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio