The Captain’s Log – the wanderers (Meg Howrey)

Ahoy there me mateys!  This here be a sci-fi novel that I listened to in audiobook format.  The premise is that a trio of astronauts have a chance to become the first people who travel to Mars.  The expedition is privately funded by a corporation called Prime Space.  This corporation has strict rules and protocols for both the astronauts and their families.

For the astronauts, these protocols include a 17 month simulation of the entire Mars voyage – both there and back again.  For the trio and their families, this trial will have them questioning both the mission and the emotional consequences that occur when getting back to space seems more important than those people left back on Earth.

This is one of those reads where the space story is secondary in the plot.  This is a character-driven book that showcases various relationships and the emotional growth of the characters.  Ye follow the three astronauts, a spouse, several children, and a member of the support team.  The space items are interesting but much of the book happens outside of the astronaut habitat.

I think me favourite sections were those of the astronaut, Helen, and her daughter.  I also liked Yoshi’s wife.  Overall I thought this was a well written book and I listened to it in one setting.  The characters were multi-faceted and I enjoyed how they changed in the novel.  I don’t think this has a ton of re-read potential and a lot of the details already begin to fade.  But I am glad I took the journey.

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

In four years Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshi Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation every created.

Retired from NASA, Helen had not trained for irrelevance. It is nobody’s fault that the best of her exists in space, but her daughter can’t help placing blame. The MarsNOW mission is Helen’s last chance to return to the only place she’s ever truly felt at home. For Yoshi, it’s 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.

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17 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the wanderers (Meg Howrey)

  1. You listened to this in a SINGLE sitting?! I’m impressed! How long is this book? I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an audiobook in a single sitting…

    This sounds like a wonderful read. It takes place during the 17-month simulation, yes? I know you said the science fiction elements are not at the fore but are the well described? I have been frustrated with science fiction lately. All the sci-fi books I’ve been reading could have happened anywhere. I still want a distinct and unique setting or at least aspects of science fiction to play a key role. Would you say the science fiction elements are well done and prominent enough to make this book truly science fiction?

    Does that even make sense?

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    1. I listen to books on double speed so many are about 6 hours long. I love having them when I multitask.

      It is a wonderful read. The simulation is only talked about in parts. The science is necessary for this story and what is there is well detailed. It is about how the astronauts trip to space impacts all those around them. I do think ye should give this one a shot. I continue to think about it ever since I read it.

      I agree that a lot of “sci-fi” books have the space as the setting but not as the genre. Like reading a romance where ye can take out everything related to space and it won’t matter a bit. That annoys me because time is limited and so I keep waiting for space related things to happen and then nothing. Ugh.

      Hope that clarifies things.
      x The Captain

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      1. You listen to audiobooks on DOUBLE speed?!?! Oh man. Sometimes the original speed is too fast for me. I can barely handle 1.25. XD I’m really impressed.

        Perfecct! I’m so glad that science is relevant and meaningful in this story. I’m with you. I don’t want to read a romance set in space. I want to read about space and what makes relationships different because we’re in space! Romance is secondary. Or whatever else you toss in. I also find I spend the whole book waiting. I just want the science! XD

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      2. I just read a YA about space abduction that wasn’t. Man the blurb put me in the wrong mindset. And the novel had problems. I wouldn’t have finished it had I known. I was waiting for the science and got teen angst instead. Sigh. The review won’t be up until the end of November though because I have commitments first.
        x The Captain

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      3. I get so frustrated when that happens! You’re waiting for the “story” to FINALLY start because you had an idea of what this was going to be from the blurb. And then at ~85% I always realize, “Oh. This IS the story. How dull.” and I get bored! I typically finish the books, but it’s always disappointing. I wonder sometimes if I had known nothing about the book if I would have appreciated it more during my reading. *shrug*

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    1. Well one is a massage therapist / actor. One studies robots. One is a young man dealing with his sexuality in a new culture. So some very interesting lives. But the people in the book felt like real people with actual fears and problems. So there is that! Thanks for the comment matey!
      x The Captain


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