The Martian by Andy Weir
Genre: Sci-Fi // Adult Fiction
Publication 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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.
Guess who stayed up until 3 A.M. last night (or rather morning), reading?
I needed The Martian. I’ve been reading a lot of Young-Adult recently, and I really need a breath of fresh air.
For a while, I’m not gonna lie, I pushed off reading The Martian. It wasn’t til the movie came out, until I finally forced myself to give it a shot. Good job self.
The Martian was a fast-paced, humorous, and thank-god-I’m-not-him, type of book.
Mark Watney often talked about sciency shit, which my parents would probably be glad to hear about. Frankly, I didn’t understand a lot of it. Andy Weir, the author, seems like a pretty genius guy, and probably had a blast writing a book which confused the fuck out of me, and others I’m sure.
Mark, not only was he an awesome botanist and mechanical engineer, he was also hilarious. I had to laugh into my pillow all throughout the night so my parents wouldn’t hear me.
Here’s a few quotes from the book:
[The guys from NASA]
“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 [Mark]
How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”
“…please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world.”
[12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs -> (.Y.)”
“[11:49] JPL: What we can see of your planned cut looks good. We’re assuming the other side is identical. You’re cleared to start drilling.
[12:07] Watney: That’s what she said.
[12:25] JPL: Seriously, Mark? Seriously?”
In a nutshell, The Martian was an action-packed, fun book to read. It lived up to the hype for me, which is rare. I would definitely recommend it! Now I have to go watch the move. ^-^