The Martian by Andy Weir
(Crown, 2014, 384 pages)
The Martian is a book that sucks you in almost immediately. Mark Watney traveled to Mars as part of a 6-person crew. When the crew was forced to evacuate due to hostile conditions on the planet Mark was left behind for dead. The thing is, even though the crew thought he had died he was still very much alive. And on Mars. Alone.
Watney has to figure out a way to survive on Mars with the limited resources left behind by his crew. It seems as if each obstacle he manages to overcome is quickly followed by another. Will his situation become too much for Watney to handle? Will he find a way to keep the desolate nature of the planet from getting to him?
I have to say that all the hype surrounding this book had me wary, but it really lived up to all the buzz. The book is being released as a movie starring Matt Damon this October and I’d like to see it. I’d definitely recommend reading the book first, though.
The Martian is definitely a page-turner because you want to know what’s going to happen to Mark. The science Weir embeds in the book is pretty impressive – I had no idea what he was talking about, but I appreciated that it was there. It added something to the reading experience and getting a feel for Watney’s intelligence.
I’d certainly recommend this book, whether you’re into science fiction or not. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it anywhere near as much as I did and it was the type of book that I couldn’t wait to get back to.