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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

The book description is from Amazon.  The Martian