The Martian by Andy Weir
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?
The Martian was an enjoyable audiobook. The voice narrator did a really good job.
The author did a great job combining science fiction with a humorous writing style. So often, science fiction books are a bit too sciencey. But this one wasn’t. It was just the right amount of science that science buffs will enjoy it, but I also think that readers who aren’t that into science will enjoy it. I loved the comedic relief in the story. It was very well-timed and just well-done.
The main character, Mark Watney, finds himself stuck on Mars after shit goes sour, the rest of his team leaves the planet to head home thinking that Mark is dead. Mark now has to find a way to survive off of a very limited supply of food and water. He is very intelligent, but continually runs into problems. It’s a frustrating, but also funny, journey for the reader to be a part of. You will definitely root for this character.
I liked how, even though the majority of the book was told through log entries of Mark, there were parts that showed what was going on back on Earth and with the other astronauts that left.
I’m excited to see the movie!
Best Aspect: Writing style/Story
Worst Aspect: I tended to zone out on the really sciencey parts (even though it was a good balance)