Reviews and Blog Posts: survival

The Martian : a novel

by Andy Weir

Reviewer Rating:
5

This fast-paced, high tension debut novel had me breathless at times, laughing at others. Astronaut  (and mechanical engineer, and botanist) Mark Watney has been abandoned on Mars after a scrubbed mission, presumed dead. He has some supplies, shelter, some food. But not enough of any of it to last until...

The dog stars : a novel

by Peter Heller

Reviewer Rating:
5

"The Dog Stars" follows loveable Hig after a flu-pandemic that killed much of the known population, including his wife.  In the mean time, he protects his little piece of Colorado, as he seeks something greater.  "The Dog Stars" was a book that appealed to me from the very vague blurb, though...

The Park Service

by Ryan Winfield

Reviewer Rating:
3

The time is 900 years in a post-apocalyptic future and humanity lives underground. At 15 they are assigned their life jobs and at 35 they are retired to “Eden”.  Aubrey Van Houten, the main character, is assigned to work with the Foundation or Park Service.  A train crash strands him...

Catching fire

by Suzanne Collins

Reviewer Rating:
2

I would like to first start off by saying that I am giving this title a rating of 2 stars because the version I am reviewing is the AUDIO version and not the book. I have read the book previously, and chose to listen to the book to and from...

The Endurance : Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

by Caroline Alexander

Reviewer Rating:
5

This book tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica.  When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape their isolation and be rescued. ...

The Endurance Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition

Reviewer Rating:
5

This film tells the incredible story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated voyage to Antarctica.  When their ship, the Endurance, becomes locked in the ice, Shackleton and his crew begin their desperate attempt to survive the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Antarctica and find some way to escape their isolation and be rescued. ...

A captain's duty : Somali pirates, Navy Seals, and dangerous days at sea

by Richard Phillips

Reviewer Rating:
4

I actually listened to this as an audiobook, and I recommend this format if you are interested in Richard Phillips' story. I heard an interview with the author on Fresh Air a while ago, and then saw the Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie version of the story, Captain Phillips. It is...

Life of Pi

Reviewer Rating:
4

  I normally don't watch movies that are based on books but the premise behind this story seemed so intriguing that I decided to give it a whirl.  The movie details the adventures of a young Indian boy called Piscine (French for swimming pool) but who goes by Pi. His...

Savage run

by C. J Box

Reviewer Rating:
3

This is an early entry into Box's popular Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, in this mystery/thriller, gets caught up in a war between environmental activists and extreme ranchers. I liked the shifting perspectives, and the descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, the plot moved along at...

Stained

by C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield

Reviewer Rating:
3

Sarah Meadows is 17, and can't wait to have her life change. She's lived with a port wine stain on her face, and the stares and bullying that come with it, all of her life. The day she thinks she will get her first treatment for it, her dad's business...

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