Published by Crown/Archetype on February 11th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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Also by this author: Artemis
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 might the best book I’ve read of the year, if not ever. I loved everything about this book.
Mark is a great main character. I love his humor, and couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do next. I also love the multiple POVs. We were able to see what was going on with the folks at NASA, on Hermes, and Mark. There were so many key players in this book to help come to the end goal.
There was definitely some science tech that I didn’t really understand, but it didn’t take anything away from the story. I think if I had read the book I would have put it down. If you have the chance to listen to The Martian, I highly suggest it. The narration was amazing.
I finished this book forever ago, but I still can’t articulate everything. I just loved it, and I’ve recommended it to anyone who will listen to me. So go read it, or listen to it, if you want an amazing, out of this world experience.
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