Jun 29, 2016

Review: Interstellar

Interstellar Interstellar by Greg Keyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the novelization of Interstellar movie. I had watched the movie 3 times and read the book written by Kip Throne. I purchased this E Book from Amazon Kindle.

The story is simple Earth is dying and NASA comes with Plan A and Plan B. Plan A is to send astronauts to find a suitable planet for life and settle the people. Plan B is send astronauts with population bomb. For Plan A to work they have to understand the gravity how to lift a big ship into space for interstellar travel.

The hero Cooper who was once an astronaut and now a farmer gets the coordinates in his home, the mysterious message lands him and his girl Murph to the NASA's secret place. Professor Brand who is known to Cooper already ask him to take up the travel for Plan A. He persuades him so that the next generation can live harmoniously.

The crew of four Cooper, Romilly, Professor Brand's daughter Amelia, Doyle travels interstellar. Did they find the habitable planet to live? or is Plan A a sham? did Cooper returned back to meet his daughter Murph? all are revealed in the novel.

Though it is science fiction story embed with heavy family sentiment, the novel is very much enjoyable. One who had watched the movie will surely enjoy as the author has given much details which are left out in the film.

I liked to quote the below lines from the novel:

Cooper's daughter Murph shows her feelings that she does not like her name. And Cooper replies:

Murphy's Law doesn't mean bad stuff will happen, he explained gently, really wanting her to understand. It means whatever can happen will happen. And that sounded just fine to us.

These lines were spoken by Professor Brand which persuaded Cooper to take up the challenge.

The last people to starve will be the first to suffocate. Your daughter's generation will be the last to survive on Earth.

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.


Line from Murph when she sends the first video message to her father.

You once told me that when you came back we might be the same age. and today I'm the same age you were when you left. Her eyes glistened as tears started to form. So it'd be a real good time for your to come back, she said.

Below are words of Dr.Mann

Would you have left, if you hadn't believed you were trying to save them? Mann challenged. Evolution has yet to transcend that simple barrier - we care deeply, selflessly for people we know, but our empathy rarely extends beyond our line of sight.

The survival instinct is our greatest single source of inspiration.


Newton's third law how it relates to human life.

The only way humans have ever figured out of getting somewhere is to leave something behind.

And finally the most emotional scene Murph lying in the death bed speaking to her father.

No parent should ever have to watch their child die.


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