“… but it turns out that after a while even scientists can get bored of science.”
No, we can’t, right? I mean nerdy space stuff is my jam. I even applied for the Mars One program, but after reading this book, I realize I did not prepare myself adequately for what being a pioneer on Mars meant. I am in love with the idea. Isolated. Focused on science. But would you be bored? Tired of the other five people you’re stuck with forever? Would you break the cardinal… and really only, rule of the mission (no sex)? How would you form your society, do you even need rules at all?
This book was so fun. It alternated points of view of the Marsonauts, with chapters from the Mars handbook and also from an additional point of view which I will not name to avoid spoilers. There were laugh out loud moments and really poignant ethical conversations balanced with my growing curiosity of just how things were going to play out. This was the first book I’ve read in a while that made me not want to put it down to do anything else and yet was super sad when it was over.
I know that I would be the Stefan of my mission, and while I think he’s probably the most difficult for most people to read… I really understood him. I loved that we got a real ending that brought the whole experience around in a contemplative way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own. This one is out on Tuesday, scoop it up!
If you were to leave earth… other than your family, what do you think you would miss the most?