The Martian by Andy Weir (2012)
Goodreads Summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him-and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive-and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills-and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit-he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
This book was first self-published by Weir and released on his website in 2012. My boyfriend discovered it and read it, loved it, then recommended it to me. So I’m glad we found it early and were able to download it for free. Now it has been picked up by a mainstream publisher and everyone can’t wait to get their hands on it. So I finally got around to reading it and absolutely loved it!
At first I wasn’t sure if this was a scary book or what. Although I guess it could be considered science fiction because it involves space travel and Mars exploration and does take place in the future, I wouldn’t consider it a typical sci fi book.
Instead, it’s a wonderful adventure! The main character is amazing and so funny. I loved the humor of the book which gave it a light tone despite all of the suspense and helped take away some of the dry scientific information.
I for one couldn’t put the book down because just when you thought there wasn’t anything else that could happen or the book wouldn’t become interesting, there was some twist or development and you were pulled right back in. Plus I loved the whole survival aspect of it and how he had to use the limited resources to survive.
I felt like a lot of it was based in fact even though I’m not a scientist. I can’t imagine the amount of research the author put into this and it was much appreciated. It made the book more realistic despite its setting on another planet. Plus it was all described so clearly that it was easy to understand and I felt like I was learning as I read.
So I can’t recommend this book enough. It included so many elements which I absolutely love. I wish I could time travel back so I wouldn’t have read it and could re-read it again for the first time. Definitely check it out, especially if you love unique adventures, space travel, and humor.
My Rating: 5/5 stars