Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction, Adventure, Thriller, Space, Adult, Survival, Humor

Publisher: Crown

Published: February 11, 2014

Page Amount: 369 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: 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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?

Why Read: Again, who hasn’t heard of this book? It is one of the most talked about books of this year… not to mention it’s Matt Damon’s newest movie. I’m not usually a big space book fan. I just don’t’ like reading about equations and figuring out the actual reality of space… but I decided I would give this book a try and I’m so glad I did!

Review:This book seriously has it all. It has action, adventure, the human element, and growing potatoes on Mars. In all honesty, it’s a great book that I’m embarrassed I didn’t  read for so long. Mark Watney is the main character, and his job of a botanist is probably the strangest but also the best thing I’ve ever read in my life. He’s such an oddball that it rubs off on the reader, and soon you’ll find yourself wanting to be as weird, and as awesome as he is.

Another part of the Martian that is so great is the element of NASA and how they interact with Mark and the other astronauts on the way to saving him. You’d think in a book about a stranded astronaut- there wouldn’t be too much talking… except there is! Conversations between the politicking people of Earth, the emotional level of the other astronauts and Mark talking with himself – they’re all great.

The plot moves at a steady pace, speeding up near the end of the book as things are beginning to collide with each other, not literally. I cannot say that I noticed it going too slowly near the beginning, and part of that is the changing of perspectives between Mark and the other actors in the play. It’s probably one of my more favorite aspects of the book.

This book is a must-read. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like science (Spoiler Alert: like me) and if you think that reading about a stranded botanist on Mars doesn’t sound interesting. I personally was not too invested in reading it – but the writing style drags you in from the first sentence, and from then on – it’s a race to the finish line. Bottom Line: Recommended to all!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

On a different note entirely: Happy New Year! (Less than half the day left until 2016)

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