A Review of The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian
by Andy Weir

Once you start The Martian, you may as well give up on that plan you had to get something done today, because you won’t want to put it down. You will just want to keep reading until you finish it. Luckily it’s only 384 pages long, so you can do something else tomorrow.

Mr. Weir uses a diary type format to tell Mark Watney’s story. He is the Martian in the title. Watney is an astronaut who is left behind, when his crew-mates have to evacuate Mars. The rest of the members of the Mars mission think that he is dead. He writes in his logbook, thinking that one of the future Mars missions will find it. He is a botanist and an engineer, so he decides that since he is still alive, he may as well figure out what he can do to stay alive long enough to get some research done and write it down. The events that unfold on earth, as they discover that Mark Watney isn’t dead, are told in a standard narrative style. The combination works very well. Mr. Weir has written a uniquely styled, first novel, that grabs you and doesn’t let go.

This is science fiction, but only because it is set in the near future and there are manned missions to Mars. Once you accept that, everything else is a survival, adventure story. This has a lot of science in it, but it all feels like its real, present day, factual science and engineering. You will like The Martian even if you don’t like science fiction.

I loved this book. I give The Martian 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you saw Gravity, and liked it, you will like this book. It has a very similar feel. This book feels like a perfect movie, just waiting to be adapted for the big screen.

Book Description
Release date: February 11, 2014

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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Product Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Crown (February 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804139024
ISBN-13: 978-0804139021
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. Check out his Facebook page. Andy Weir | Facebook

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11 thoughts on “A Review of The Martian by Andy Weir”

  1. I completly agree with you! The Martian is an amazing sc-fi novel and one of the best books I’ve read this year.


      1. There are a lot of people who falsify reality, moreover they twist historical facts, I never thought that lie can be so large-scale.. also they identify people who honor their own ancestors’ feat as terrorists and call other people upon to destroy them.. in a word our government wants Ukrainians destroy Ukrainians…
        What is going on? It looks like bad script and I’m one of crowd scene..
        So I feel great disappointment about country I live in..
        I’m tired, but I still believe in high justice.. and I believe in Russia, we have common history and Slavonic roots so I feel safe because I know Russia will support us.
        Thank you for asking! It means a lot 🙂


  2. So many people twist the facts to fit what they feel is right. History is only one thing that can be manipulated. Events that are happening are reported, but the reports are colored by the reporter. In this country, all of the news from some of the news networks are so slanted that they feel like they aren’t reporting the same stories. I’m sure that it is the same in Ukraine.
    I just hope that the posturing and rhetoric doesn’t get in the way of the desires and rights of the people of Ukraine. We don’t need war, we need peace and understanding between people.
    I worry about your safety.


    1. You are so right! There is a good advice to owners of TV channels – rename “news” into “rumors”. Because their “news” have nothing in common with what’s happening in real.
      Ukraine is a young country with a very hard-working, but easily manipulated people and which is desperately unlucky with the government.
      But I still don’t feel hatred against people who have another opinion, I just really really upset and I can’t understand why I have to hate different nationality.
      Yes, I forget what a good sound sleep is, but I have hope and I assure you it has no word about the war.. and please believe me Russia doesn’t think about the war either (I feel I have to say that because I want to cry every time when opposite statement is imposed on people)!


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