This book has been compared to “The Martian” but I don’t think that description does it any justice. This is a highly introspective look at what it actually takes in order to survive the solitude, isolation, conflict, boredom and stress of a deep space mission. I loved how all three of the main characters, Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei, deal with their own personal journeys as they participate in a mock (or is it) mission to Mars. Their relationships with each other, their families, and their own minds are front and center in this novel, allowing you to put yourself into their shoes and try to understand how you would handle an adventure like this. I also enjoyed how the story explored how far the astronauts were willing to go in order to achieve their dreams of the “Gofer”. Even readers who are not typical fans of sci fi will love this novel!