The Last Astronaut

The Last Astronaut

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"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.
ISBN: 9780316419574
9780356512297
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 24 cm
Summary: "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.

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capitalcity
Aug 22, 2020

Another entry in the lengthy lineup of alien first encounter novels. Wellington tries to set The Last Astronaut apart by framing it in a Lovecraftian motif, underpinned by the awe inspiring ancient massiveness of the extraterrestrial craft. The reader easily visualizes the physical nightmare that the alien vessel presents. The accompanying psychological trauma lacks, however, in reflecting fear to a concomitant level.

JessicaGma Mar 10, 2020

Ha, I love the comments here as I too had many of these thoughts - how can you walk on such a messed up leg, how does no one know any sort of scientific protocol, why did you take dudeface who was stabbed back on the ship....? So the action was interesting but the characters were a bit flat. Not bad, but I won't be recommending it unless you're a horror fan

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MookPunkTostig
Mar 09, 2020

Too much going on in too short a period of time for this to be believable. Characters were irritating.

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GladstoneReader
Jan 17, 2020

After a race to the Big Dumb Object hurtling towards by a team from NASA and a corporate team things get really weird. Yes, space is unforgiving, but what we may encounter may be more unforgiving. Wellington does a great job with the technical detail, but is a little stingy with the characterization. My reading mind was so absorbed by the alien artifact and its inherent horrors that all else became a sideshow. Very much a science fiction channeling of H. P. Lovecraft.

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iujigga2003
Jan 16, 2020

Interesting read reminding me a little bit of "Sphere". Really enjoyed the beginning and end of the book, but the middle 100 pages was a little daunting climbing around in the dark and stopping to wait for others. This could be one of the few times a movie might be better than my imagination.

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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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