Book Review – The Martian | By: Andy Weir

the-martian

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?

This book made me laugh out loud: a lot. It’s a survival story that keeps you at the edge of your seat, anxious to know how Watney is going to get himself through the next curve ball Mars throws at him, but it was hilarious all at the same time. Mark Watney is the sort of character that you just love. It’s near impossible to hate him. I was more invested in Mark Watney’s fight for survival than I have been for any other character in a long while.

I’m a huge fan of science fiction stories. I love it even more when those stories are rooted in believable science. I say believable science because I’m certainly no expert and wouldn’t be able to tell you if any of what Mark was doing was physically possible. I’m sure that most of it was, but even if it wasn’t, well at least this book was written in a way that it was most certainly believable.

The science talk that filled the pages wasn’t so much that it was constantly going over my head either. I definitely didn’t understand most of it but it was given to me in such a way that I could still understand what he was doing, without making me feel like an idiot. It’s always my biggest complaint about any sci-fi book I read, the science making my brain hurt. I was happy that for the most part this book was able to smoothly bring me up to speed through out the entire story.

This was the best book I’ve read in recent memory and is one that I highly recommend to any with even passing interest in science fiction, space exploration, or even just survival stories.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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