The Last Astronaut

The Last Astronaut

Mission Commander Sally Jansen is Earth’s last astronaut–and last hope–in this gripping near-future thriller where a mission to make first contact becomes a terrifying struggle for survival in the depths of space.Sally Jansen was NASA’s leading astronaut, until a mission to Mars ended in disaster. Haunted by her failure, she lives in quiet anonymity, convinced her days in...

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Author:David Wellington
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The Last Astronaut Reviews

  • Lisa

    David Wellington may be one of the few author's who I would allow to take me into space. I love science fiction in movies and television. In books, eh, not so much! If I have to imagine it, then I guarantee that I will manage to scare the crap outta myself! This book wasn't near as terrifying as I expected. But, this story had heart. Also, the 👽 alien, " s"? was completely unexpected and downright scary without having to have blood and guts. Also, yes there is indeed blood and guts "of a kind!"

    David Wellington may be one of the few author's who I would allow to take me into space. I love science fiction in movies and television. In books, eh, not so much! If I have to imagine it, then I guarantee that I will manage to scare the crap outta myself! This book wasn't near as terrifying as I expected. But, this story had heart. Also, the 👽 alien, " s"? was completely unexpected and downright scary without having to have blood and guts. Also, yes there is indeed blood and guts "of a kind!" This is a book I'm happy to have read. My thanks to Orbit publishing, Netgalley and Mr. Wellington. Highly recommended! P.S. That ending...

  • OutlawPoet

    Ground Control to Major T…………OMG, WHAT IS THAT THING????

    Lol – so, I admit it. When I started reading this book, the background music in my mind was totally Ground Control to Major Tom. I was digging our space scenes, marveling at the amount of detail and danger that the author put into his book, and, even with some tragic scenes, kind of in a state of zen-enjoyment.

    And then. Oh, and then…

    The background music changed. Instead of David Bowie, I heard creaks and groans and drips and screams and tha

    Ground Control to Major T…………OMG, WHAT IS THAT THING????

    Lol – so, I admit it. When I started reading this book, the background music in my mind was totally Ground Control to Major Tom. I was digging our space scenes, marveling at the amount of detail and danger that the author put into his book, and, even with some tragic scenes, kind of in a state of zen-enjoyment.

    And then. Oh, and then…

    The background music changed. Instead of David Bowie, I heard creaks and groans and drips and screams and that eerie silence that comes when you know SOMETHING IS GOING TO GET YOU!

    I loved this. Every moment of it. I’ve already recommended it to a bunch of people and I want it to be a movie – not starring Sigourney Weaver, but I’d like her to have a cameo in it.

    An amazing mix of hard science, action, and pure adrenaline SF.

    Five. Perfect. Stars.

    *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary

    Review up soon.

    This was freaking fantastic, folks.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    This book takes all of your preconceived notions about aliens and first contact and throws them right out the window. That's one of the reasons I liked it so much; you never knew what to expect and the author kept you on your toes and guessing throughout the entire mission. It also made me reevaluate my thoughts on our vast universe.

    *I received this ARC from Goodreads Firstreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • Liz Barnsley

    I devoured this book, probably one of the most addictive of my year so far, apart from a break when I had to work it was a one sitting read. Once you start you just have to get to the end.

    I do love a good first contact tale and this one was a doozy- fast paced action, twists and turns, hugely imaginative throughout and utterly unpredictable. The scene setting is superb, the characters all intriguing and it’s one of those stories you just live the entire time you are reading it.

    The science is utt

    I devoured this book, probably one of the most addictive of my year so far, apart from a break when I had to work it was a one sitting read. Once you start you just have to get to the end.

    I do love a good first contact tale and this one was a doozy- fast paced action, twists and turns, hugely imaginative throughout and utterly unpredictable. The scene setting is superb, the characters all intriguing and it’s one of those stories you just live the entire time you are reading it.

    The science is utterly believable, the human aspects all gripping and overall it’s a pure adrenalin rush of a read with a pitch perfect resonant ending.

    Very clever. Brilliant. Highly Recommended.

  • Sarah

    The Last Astronaut doesn’t waste too much time getting to the heart of the issue, which I loved. it maintained a pretty quick pace throughout the book, alternating between bouts of action and bouts of discoveries about this alien object. The setting and tone are consistently dark, grim, desolate, and lonely. The image of lights on a space suit cutting through a misty darkness were used repeatedly, which is perfect for this kind of book.

    Which is why it baffles me that I didn’t love it more than I

    The Last Astronaut doesn’t waste too much time getting to the heart of the issue, which I loved. it maintained a pretty quick pace throughout the book, alternating between bouts of action and bouts of discoveries about this alien object. The setting and tone are consistently dark, grim, desolate, and lonely. The image of lights on a space suit cutting through a misty darkness were used repeatedly, which is perfect for this kind of book.

    Which is why it baffles me that I didn’t love it more than I did? Unfortunately, and this could just be the mood I was in, I found it really easy to pick this book up, but I also found it really easy to put the book down. I never dreaded picking it up again, and I definitely wanted to finish, but I wish it had compelled me a little more, kept me up late at night because I just had to see what happened next.

    I will say the last 25% had me glued to the page so it ends much stronger than it started.

    If I had to pinpoint where I struggled with this book I can point to two factors, one of which is a spoiler, but the other of which is the characters. I did like all of them, but I think the character I connected to most, Sunny Stevens, the guy who kick starts the whole book, is absent from the 2nd half. He is the comic relief, he is the character that feels most alive to me. All the other characters are serious, grim types. Which is fine- most scientists probably are that way, but I really needed his jolt of personality to keep me caring about the events of the book. The other characters all feel human enough, I wouldn’t say any of them feel shallow or flat, but they just weren’t characters I connected to. Your mileage may vary.

    The writing is great. Descriptive enough to give you the idea and convey the tone without lingering too long on it or slowing down the pace. The length also feels just right. At 400 pages, we’re given just what is needed to tell the story, it’s not bloated but it doesn’t feel like any details were left out either.

    The format of the book is that we are reading an in-world book that has been written about these events after they have happened. It’s interspersed with little side snippets of what I thought of as confessions or transcripts from the characters themselves talking to (who I presume) is NASA. I personally enjoyed the format, and it definitely added a layer of impending doom to many of the scenes, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    The ending is perfect, and I won’t lie, it made me tear up a little. Overall a good read that’s well worth checking out if you like a good alien, sci-fi horror mash up. Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit for providing me with an eARC for review.

    The Last Astronaut releases on July 23, 2019

  • Tammie

    The Last Astronaut, a science fiction book, was a solid 4 stars.

    With a large cast of characters, The Last Astronaut centers around main character Sally Jansen, a retired astronaut that left NASA after disastrous mission. Sally is pulled out of retirement to lead an expedition when a large object is discovered to be heading towards Earth. This isn’t just any large object-it’s “behavior” is unlike any other, showing signs of possible intelligence. Terrifying and creepy stuff that science fiction

    The Last Astronaut, a science fiction book, was a solid 4 stars.

    With a large cast of characters, The Last Astronaut centers around main character Sally Jansen, a retired astronaut that left NASA after disastrous mission. Sally is pulled out of retirement to lead an expedition when a large object is discovered to be heading towards Earth. This isn’t just any large object-it’s “behavior” is unlike any other, showing signs of possible intelligence. Terrifying and creepy stuff that science fiction fans will absolutely love!

    The Last Astronaut is a fast-pace and addictive book that is perfect for readers that enjoy science fiction and action books. Thank you NetGalley for proving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    When a horrific incident scrapped her mission to Mars and turned her into the women who lost the second space race, Sally Janson never expected she'd return to space. Until a mysterious object brings NASA back into the forefront of importance and Sally back into a job—because she's the only person on Earth with the skills necessary to lead a mission to a potentially alien spacecraft.

    I wasn't expecting this to be straight up horror, but that's exactly what it is. Think

    with

    When a horrific incident scrapped her mission to Mars and turned her into the women who lost the second space race, Sally Janson never expected she'd return to space. Until a mysterious object brings NASA back into the forefront of importance and Sally back into a job—because she's the only person on Earth with the skills necessary to lead a mission to a potentially alien spacecraft.

    I wasn't expecting this to be straight up horror, but that's exactly what it is. Think

    with a little bit of the creepy shit that happens in

    and some of the danger of

    , and you've got this book.

    First contact was scary, thrilling and I didn't want to put this down even though I was exhausted and knew it was probably going to give me nightmares (it did).

    While I felt like a lot of the characters were bland stereotypes, it was engaging and entertaining. Sally Jansen was...okay? I was kinda curious why her name was Sally, since she would have been born around 2010 and who the hell names their child Sally in 2010 (it hasn't cracked the top 1000 in 15 years)?? I dunno. It seemed weird. Okay, I get maybe it's an homage to Sally Ride but still. The rest of the cast is kinda forgettable, which isn't helped by the fact that it's told with a lot of secondhand afterwards.

    I know, I'm being very nitpicky. But names and characterizations aside, this was thrilling and engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

    I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Emma

    Written in the form of a post-event investigation which includes transcribed audio 'confessionals', video records, assorted information excerpts, and multiple POVs, this is a book that presents First Contact through a vividly personal lens. It aims for reality and for the most part, succeeds. This style keeps it high energy and pacey as hell, for a time at least. The opening section and initial stages were really well done, full of fear and disaster. The whole experience feels like every nightma

    Written in the form of a post-event investigation which includes transcribed audio 'confessionals', video records, assorted information excerpts, and multiple POVs, this is a book that presents First Contact through a vividly personal lens. It aims for reality and for the most part, succeeds. This style keeps it high energy and pacey as hell, for a time at least. The opening section and initial stages were really well done, full of fear and disaster. The whole experience feels like every nightmare you've ever had of space, and that's both its strength and its weakness. It means that when it's done well, your own trepidation and horror builds on what's in the text to produce an anxiety-inducing, stomach roiling, 'thank f**k I'm not there' kind of reaction. Not only is there a proximity with other people issue that forms the baseline for awful, the tension is ramped up with outrageously gut wrenching moments of sheer terror. There's one particular medical bay moment of Alien-esque proportions that stressed me to the max. So much NOPE. I don't know about you but whatever happens to this planet and regardless of tech improvements, I'm not going to space. And this book is a perfect example of why. The familiarity of this emotional reaction is what invests the reader in the story and even if we've read it/seen it before, who cares if it's fun? But the problem with that is when the engagement goes away, the tick box tropes and lack of originality become all the more glaring.

    Just over halfway through something goes wrong. Lots for the characters, even more for the reader. It became a slog and I'm not entirely sure why. It certainly lost its vivacity and impetus. Perhaps because there's an over reliance on description- yes, it's cool to create an alien spacecraft and I know you want to tell people about every aspect of it, but it's still not as important as the characters, who suddenly become much more like stereotypical versions of themselves at this point. On top of that, it all gets just a bit far-fetched. Yes, I'm really going to use that word. The ending is so contrived that its way too far beyond credulity. When an event or scene is supposed to raise a hearty cheer for humanity and instead gets an eye roll, you know it's a miss. And that's a real shame, because there are some stunningly imaginative sections. I'd certainly read the author again, but this didn't really work that well for me by the end.

    ARC via Netgalley

  • The Captain

    Ahoy there mateys! Unpopular opinion time. This book has been described as Gravity, Alien, and The Martian combined. I should have loved this one but only managed to make it to the 4% mark. I was struggling with the narration style from the beginning. This is certainly a case of wrong book for this particular reader. But give it a shot if it sounds good to ye because the crew loves this one!

    I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings. Grateful for the review copy. So s

    Ahoy there mateys! Unpopular opinion time. This book has been described as Gravity, Alien, and The Martian combined. I should have loved this one but only managed to make it to the 4% mark. I was struggling with the narration style from the beginning. This is certainly a case of wrong book for this particular reader. But give it a shot if it sounds good to ye because the crew loves this one!

    I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings. Grateful for the review copy. So sorry that it didn't work out for me.

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