Top positive review
A brilliant read, not just sci-fi but a moving funny tale of what it is to be human.
9 September 2018
After “The Martian”, the hybrid docu/drama TV series and more Mars based offerings in the pipeline, I started this story worried that it might rehash those ideas. But don’t worry One Way does so much more than that. The author spends the first half of the novel on this world, following our four likeable, relatively ordinary (if slightly imperfect astronauts) as they say goodbye to all things earthly, go through rigorous training and get to know each other. There are scenes that made me chuckle (learning to use a 0 gravity toilet) and scenes that made me cry (really!). And it’s a long time since I stayed up very late and then got up really early to finish a book...that of course I didn’t want to end. I think Mark’s greatest achievement though, is the way he’s woven the everyday with the extraordinary and written an utterly convincing blend of the commercial necessities of financing space flight with the transcendent experience of being a astronaut on a one-way trip. Fabulous!!