All tagged science-fiction

Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning book set in a post-apocalyptic world, I thought this novel would be perfect for my Reading Challenge. And Cormac McCarthy delivered a gritty and grim tale that gave me pause, just as friends assured me he would.

The post-apocalyptic setting first gripped me in 6th grade when Mrs. Snellback introduced me to Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien. I re-read that book in 1999 and the story continued to resonate with me. I think one theme that I discovered as a young reader and learned to appreciate with maturity is the enduring human will to survive.

And The Road captured that indestructible struggle perfectly. While there were characters who gave up their humanity, the unnamed father and son traversing the road south did not.

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Go buy this book! Don't be a fool like me and wait patiently for the library holds to cycle around to you. Spending money on this book so you can read it before you go see the movie is a wise decision.

Even if you're not a fan of science-fiction, I suspect most people will like the man versus nature conflict of this survival story. 

Starting on page one, you know that astronaut Mark Watney has been stranded on Mars. He is the lowest ranked crew member of the Ares 3 manned mission to Mars. After six days on the planet, a sandstorm carries away their communication dish and threatens to tip the Mars ascent vehicle that will carry the whole crew back to their orbiting ship. NASA orders the crew to bail out and head home. On the walk to the ascent vehicle, Mark accidentally separates from the rest of the crew, sustains an injury, and falls unconscious. The crew assume he has died and abandon him. 

Book Review: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

I heard about The Water Knife on Books on the Nightstand, where they were discussing cli-fi or climate-fiction. Their summary of a dystopia plagued by climate change where water shortages leave everyone in the American Southwest vying for control of various water rights hooked me immediately. Since I live in Arizona, water scarcity is a topic that truly frightens me. And this book flew by for me.

The first 100 pages I read in a couple of sittings. Once the plot took off, though, I had one of those nights where I was up well past my bed-time turning page after page dying to know what would happen next. I finally had to force myself to sleep and I picked up the book two mornings later and finished it.