The Last Astronaut

The Last Astronaut

by David Wellington

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Overview

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 space are over.

She's wrong.

A large alien object has entered the solar system on a straight course toward Earth. It has made no attempt to communicate and is ignoring all incoming transmissions.

Out of time and out of options, NASA turns to Jansen. 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 secrets, one thing becomes horribly clear: the future of humanity lies in Jansen's hands.

"A terrifying tour de force." —James Rollins

"Breathless, compulsive reading." —Christopher Golden

"Readers will be riveted." — Publishers Weekly (starred)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316419574
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 43,929
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David Wellington is an acclaimed author who has previously published over twenty novels in different genres.

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The Last Astronaut 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BigReader7860 9 months ago
This was a very exciting and different book. I usually don’t read science fiction but this book caught my eye. First I’d like to thank NetGalley and Orbit books for allowing me to read and review this book. It is Alien on steroids or whatAlien would have been years later. The characters are really well described and believable as was the entire premise. No spoilers ahead but I feel it’s unlike any other book. If you are into sci-fi, you will love this book!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I completely identified with the female astronaut. Her sense of guilt even though she saved the lives of her other crew members. This story is well written and suspenseful. It makes you think about whether you could make the hard choices to save your planet even if it kills you or your team. It had a lot of twists and turns, and a few surprises. I especially enjoyed the ending. I like when the ending is just as suspenseful and surprising as the rest of the book. I will be reading more of this author's work in the future.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I completely identified with the female astronaut. Her sense of guilt even though she saved the lives of her other crew members. This story is well written and suspenseful. It makes you think about whether you could make the hard choices to save your planet even if it kills you or your team. It had a lot of twists and turns, and a few surprises. I especially enjoyed the ending. I like when the ending is just as suspenseful and surprising as the rest of the book. I will be reading more of this author's work in the future.
Reader4102 9 months ago
In this well-written book, Wellington tells the story of first contact in the near future. What was first thought to be an asteroid or comet, has been classified as an alien vessel. NASA, no longer a space exploration entity, is tasked with sending a ship to make contact with the aliens. There are no trained astronauts since NASA was gutted after a catastrophic accident on a ship, on its way to Mars, cost an astronaut his life. The commander of the Mars expedition, Sally Jensen, while exonerated by NASA, but was found guilty by the court of public opinion. Now, NASA wants her back to command the ship going to meet and greet the alien ship because she’s the only person left with any first-hand experience of doing EVAs. This is a stay-up-way-too-late page turner that has more than enough twists and turns to keep even a jaded reader engrossed. There is a plethora of characters, none of them defined in any great detail, and some mere caricatures of personalities, but it doesn’t matter, the reader will still keep turning the pages. Even if you hate science fiction, give this book a try. It is flawed by the lack of finely drawn characters. But, then, this isn’t meant to be a character-driven book, it is a plot-driven book. The author ramps up the suspense a little at a time until the reader is swiping pages as fast as she can while her shoulders are hunched up around her ear lobes in typical high-stress fashion. If you decide to read this book, put it at the top of your to-be-read list because it deserves to be there. My thanks to Orbit and NetGalley for an eARC.
Craig1954 9 months ago
Next in a long line of first contact stories. Most stories have aliens that approximate the size of humans. These aliens are much larger and Wellington does a nice job of showing how difficult it would be to communicate with them. what makes it even more difficult is that the alien has no interest in talking to humans. The size of this intruder and the alienness of it makes a description of the exploration of the interior hard to follow.