Book choice for October 2014

The Martian [suggested by John Beresford]

The Martian

I'm stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I'm screwed. [Product description from Amazon]

The book has its own Wikipedia page and is due to be a Ridley Scott film (currently predicted to release on 25 Nov 2015).

About the Author

Currently doesn't have a Wikipedia page, but I'm sure that won't be true for long.
Author's website.

 

Shortlisted for this month

This month we reverted to "standard selection method" of bringing along three books. John's other suggestions were:

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow. [Product description from Amazon]

The book doesn't bother with a Wikipedia page - it has its own entire website.

About the Author

No website or Wikipedia page apparently, but there's this interview on io9 - from January this year (2014)

 

The Girl With All The Gifts

The Girl With All The Gifts

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl. [Product description from Amazon]

This book also has its own Wikipedia page.

About the Author

Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

 

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