Published by Broadway Books, Crown Publishing Group on February 11th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Paperback provided by Blogging for Books
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 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 story was very original. Mark Watney is the first person to be stranded on Mars. The character of Mark Watney is witty, smart, and determined to live. The character is narrated through a series of logs. He is honest about his situation and doesn’t mind working to survive. He just tells it like it is and is trying to leave a record describing what happened for future research. I loved how he used what he had and created a way to survive using vast knowledge.
Watney’s logs are full of humorous antidotes. I loved his comebacks and wit. I wanted him to survive. This is the guy picked to be on the mission for his personality as well as his knowledge. His log is full of facts and mathematical calculations as he weighs his options, (from what I found on goodreads, most of his calculations are correct, that is amazing). I am not going to pretend I understood all of the details in this book. He overcomes so many obstacles and he uses his knowledge in a way I just have to hope is real. Watney talks way over my head, but he still sounds human. All the technical talk made this a book I have to take on faith.
I can see why all the hype exists for this book. Later in the book we see how NASA deals with the problems of publicity, and the crew that left him behind. We get to see how Mark misses his crew and how they also root for him to survive. I can see why they wanted to make this a movie (coming soon starring Matt Damon as Watney). This is science fiction backed up by science facts. This book for me, was a celebration of the power of knowledge. This book should be read and discussed by classrooms across the country, in my opinion. I will definitely be watching that film when it comes out.
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.