The Martian by Andy Weir
Series: The Martian #1*
Publisher: Broadway Books/Crown/Random House
First published September 27th, 2012
Genres: Sci-fi, Fiction
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
I am so not a fan of sci-fi… But this was by far the best book about space that I’ve read so far. Not that I’ve read many, but I highly doubt any other book would have made me feel like this one did. It was definitely interesting while I thought it was going to be boring.
The Martian is a very popular and known sci-fi book about Mark Watney. He is an astronaut working for NASA and in one expedition to Mars, things went wrong and he accidentally got stuck there for quite a while.
It’s quite scientific (like more than any I have ever read) – which I kinda was expecting and that’s what put me off from reading this book sooner – so I was pleasantly surprised when I found it really interesting. But what I didn’t expect at all was how tense it made me feel! It all seemed so real and scary! It gives a really realistic and thoughtful idea of how people would get to Mars and what would happen if someone would accidentally be left there. I loved how each solution led to a new problem and how Mark tried to find ways to survive.
I absolutely loved Watney. He is an amazing character. He is interesting, warm-hearted and intelligent but the best part is how funny and inventive he is! I loved his thinking and how positive he was even in the most awful moments. He was just so upbeat and that’s what made it possible for him to even survive a day because I doubt I would… I would so freak out!
We also get to know his crewmates (Ares 3) which I also really liked. We don’t have as much information on them since this is mainly about Watney but for what we saw I really liked to know them, as well as the people working in NASA on Earth. They were all just so interesting and SO smart. I also loved how each one of them tried to solve problems in such different ways.
As for the writing, I really liked it. It’s very one-sided (diary style) and it can easily turn boring, but every time I thought it was getting a bit too much, the POV changed for some of the others and that made all the difference and it really gripped me. I loved the writing, the scientific terms, the idea in general and the humor was glorious! Just how I like it, slightly snarky.
It was a breathtaking story and I really loved it, even tho I’m not much of a sci-fi fan. It’s impossible not to care about Watney and this book really made me slightly more interested in sci-fi than I was before. It’s quite a popular book and many of you have already read it or seen the movie, but in case you didn’t, I highly recommend it even if you are not much a sci-fi fan.
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