“The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations.”
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?
I am usually not a science-fiction reader as it doesn’t really captivate me like other genres, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Martian. The unique premise and witty protagonists kept me interested, which was my biggest worry when I began the novel as the majority of the book simple features Mark alone on Mars. The small excepts from his crew and everyone back on earth trying to save him, granted a nice perspective.
The one complaint I had was I struggled to understand the scientific terms and mathematical formulas used throughout the book. I understand they were necessary to add validity to the novel and make it seem more real, but I found myself getting a bit lost and bored during those portions.
But despite all of that I could not put the book down as I found myself rooting for Mark to survive and make it back home to earth. I had to find out what happened next. 4 out of 5 stars. Now I need to go see the film!