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The Martian – by Andy Weir

By Kellie Purcill

Mark Watney is not having a good day. It started out great: he’s on Mars, part of a manned mission of exploration. His day got a bit worse: A savage storm blows in, its intensity and size enough to warrant the crew deciding to ditch the mission. Immediately. Promptly went awful: Mark gets hit by a …

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Stories of Survival: Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand) and The Arrival (Shaun Tan)

By Kellie Purcill

An unstoppable prankster as a child in California, an unbeatable runner in the Berlin Olympics, a bombardier in World War Two, Louie Zamperini was always a force to be reckoned with. “All he could see, in every direction, was water. It was June 23, 1943. Somewhere on the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean… Louie …

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These Broken Stars, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

By Kellie Purcill

‘These Broken Stars‘ is one of the best sci-fi YA books I’ve read in years. The story alternates between Tarver (a poor-planet-soldier-made-hero), who’s about 19, Lilac (the only child of the richest man in the universe socialite), nearly 17, and each chapter is ended with conversation snippets of Tarver’s interrogation after the events of the …

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