The Last Astronaut

The Last Astronaut

eBook - 2019 | First edition
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"A tense and thrilling sci-fi adventure of space exploration and first contact, perfect for fans of The Martian, Arrival, and Interstellar. Sally Jansen was NASA's leading astronaut, until a mission to Mars ended in disaster. Haunted by her failure, she now lives in semiretirement, convinced her days in space are over. She's wrong. A large alien object has entered the solar system and is now poised above the Earth. It has made no attempt to communicate and has ignored all incoming transmissions. With no other living astronauts to turn to, NASA wants Jansen to lead an expedition to the object. For all the dangers of the mission, it's the shot at redemption she always longed for. But as the object slowly begins to reveal its terrifying secrets, what began as a journey to make First Contact becomes a desperate struggle for survival...and one thing becomes horribly clear: the future of humanity lies in Jansen's hands"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316419550
0316419559
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (392 pages)

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johnulee
Oct 22, 2019

pretty good... very interesting world, spaceship building... best part of the book is seeing it awaken, logical to a point...
a few 'minor' contrivances (sure, walking for hours on a leg with a dislocated knee cap....sure...) begs the question as to how the ship/it evolved and also where the probe came from... how is it propelled? How can they target certain systems.... the overly 'quick to save the other 'competing' mission personnel at all costs' attitude from the main character is a little much, too... and, really? Taking the infected personnel into a ship even though they are in their suits? Can someone say Alien? Complete disregard for protocol. The timeline of action inside the ship loses viability, too. Also, ok, the ship ends up on Mars.... whats to stop the new babies, ships from heading to earth.... just saying....

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Katie_Dublin
Sep 19, 2019

Scifi horror at its absolute finest. David Wellington creates compelling, believable characters without relying on dull, lengthy backstories. The alien element is truly alien, like nothing on earth. The slowly building terror will keep you on the edge of your seat. This will make a fantastic movie. With the right director, it could easily reach Alien caliber.

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