Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book Review: The Martian

Title The Martian
Author Andy Weir
Release Date February 11, 2014

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man's struggle to survive.

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 nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, 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.

But Mark's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Before reading The Martian: Really? A book about a dude trapped on Mars... why would anyone want to read that? How did that get made into a movie anyway?

After reading The Martian: This book was totally awesome. No wonder it was made into a movie.

The Martian is a fantastic book! I'm so mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. I want to un-read it just so I can read it all over again. That's really how good it is. No joking whatsoever.

A survival story filled with humor, The Martian was pretty much a perfect sci-fi book for me. As someone that only dabbles in science fiction reading, I was worried this was going to be boring. Nope. Completely the opposite. I was captivated and immersed the the story from the very beginning.

There's tons of reviews out there for this book. There's probably just as many for the movie. I just wanted to throw my two cents into the mix. Read this book! It's so deserving of all the hype and love it gets.


5 out of 5 stars

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