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Editorial 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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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.
©2017 Meg Howrey (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 03-05-18

A Voyage Of Discovery

Ok, up front I just loved this book. My hope is that you didn't read the editorial review or the publisher summary. To me, they both contain too much information. I won't say they contain actual plot spoilers--but something more on the lines of presenting preconceived ideas. Notions that might limit your personal experience of what is actually happening in this amazingly subtle and nuanced novel. There is so much depth in Howrey's writing and when combined with Marno's beautiful narration the whole experience sparkles.

I think that this is the sort of book that each reader will interpret in their own way. For me the writing was packed full of deeper meaning, wry humor, growth and love. The whole book was so thoughtful, so filled with insight and grounded solidly in a feeling of hope and possibility.

My suggestion, if you decide to take the plunge, is to approach the storytelling free of limits, with an open mind and allow yourself to see where this adventure takes you. I hung on each word and listened almost non-stop. My favorite book so far this year. Wonderful.

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15 of 19 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Suzy T on 04-12-17


What did you like best about The Wanderers? What did you like least?

The story is good, however I was hoping for a little more exciting story line. Mostly this is a story about the personalities of the astronauts and their families. After a few chapters, there wasn't much to keep me engaged. It was, however, interesting to imagine how they and their families must control their feelings for the sake of the career. The narration became a little monotonous for me. I finished the book but only because I am very stubborn and am unwilling to cut my losses!

Would you be willing to try another book from Meg Howrey? Why or why not?

No thanks. While the author's prose is great, I didn't find the story engaging. The style of writing isn't for me.

Which character – as performed by Mozhan Marno – was your favorite?

None really. I never developed an attachment to any of them.

Was The Wanderers worth the listening time?


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