Review: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

By Jamie Alan Belanger on April 12, 2013 4:34 pm · 0 Comments

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the VoidPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I grabbed this book at my local library two days ago and have already read the entire thing. It’s not that it’s a short book, at slightly more than 300 pages it does take some time to read through. This book is just one of those few nonfiction books that I can call a page turner. Brutally candid, very interesting, and consistently entertaining, this book spends some 300 pages talking about the small details of life in space that most people don’t think about (including quite a few points you probably don’t want to think about), then very quickly says a few things about Mars just before ending. That’s really my only gripe — that the book’s title indicates it’s about Mars, when it’s really about life in space and the history of living in space in general. Still, it gives astronaut wannabes some things to think about.


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