The Martian

Title: The Martain

Author: Andy Weir

Mark Watney used to be the least important astronaut on the third manned mission to Mars. Then, through a series of accidents, he became the only astronaut on Mars, with no one who knows he’s alive and no way to contact NASA. It’ll be four years before the next mission, and the food won’t last nearly that long (assuming the other environmental hazards or some mechanical failure doesn’t kill him first). But Mark’s too stubborn to just give up . . .

I’m probably not the first review you’ve read talking about this book. For good reason! Like classic survival-adventure stories like Swiss Family Robinson, The Martian presents an uncaring world (well, actively hostile in his case) against a man determined to survive. Mark doesn’t wallow in his predicament but mans up and confronts every problem head-on.

And boy, are there a lot of problems.

I still think my favorite twist was what happened when he tried to make water. Well, more like what happened after. Assuming 100% in chemistry is a dangerous business . . .

Mark’s ongoing commentary about his situation is another high point. He’s not just practical, he’s funny. He’s usually got some jab at for Mars, the situation, or himself, whenever he comes up against some new wrinkle.

All in all, this was a lot of fun, and I’m interested in seeing the movie to see some of these scenes up on the big screen. I rate this book Recommended.

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