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1. Mark Watney from
The Martian by Andy Weir
Watney survived solitude on MARS, MacGyver-style. I’d feel much better having someone like him along on a deserted island, ready to handle anything that came our way, even with limited supplies.
2. Allan Karlsson from
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
I love vodka. Allan loves vodka even more, and no matter where in the world he is, he always seems to find some. Plus, he’s full of great stories.
3. The alien who took the form of Professor Andrew Martin from
The Humans by Matt Haig
Once in a while, I imagine, I’d be in the mood for lengthy, deep conversations. This alien always makes me think, and I definitely want to keep my mind sharp.
4. Humboldt from
Humboldt by Scott Navicky
I’ve heard things can get kind of mundane on a deserted island. With Humboldt around, there’d be no need to figure out ways to entertain ourselves: adventure would find us!
5. Ladydi from Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
She has a bright and optimistic spirit in the face of difficult times. Plus, I just want to get her far, far away from Guerrero.
6. Robot from
Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson
He’s so sweet. He loves humans. He’s clever. He can handle the beach just fine, and if needed, he can walk underwater and look around without mechanical issues or rusting.
7. Lettie Hempstock from
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Lettie is fearless. If any horrifying, nightmarish creatures tried to come after us, I know she’d have my back.
8. Katniss Everdeen from
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Not only does Katniss have fierce survival skills, we’re going to have to eat… and she’s not a shabby hunter.
9. Jonah Bay from
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Someone has to play music around the fire, and guitars travel well. Unfortunately, they are useless in my hands. Jonah can play and sing. Perfect!
10. Octavius from
Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler
Octavius is an incredibly kind, intelligent and well-spoken kraken. If I’m going to be on a deserted island, I’d feel a whole lot better knowing that this creature was out in the ocean keeping an eye on me.
I covered survival, companionship, and even a bit of the arts. I think I ended up with a pretty all-star crew! Who would you bring along? Let me know your top pick!