The Martian by Andy Weir
(Broadway Books, 2014, 387 pages)
For the first time ever, six astronauts have landed on Mars. On day six of their mission a dust storm blows in and in the attempt to get back to their ship, things go awry. One man, Mark Watney, is presumed dead and they make the difficult decision to leave him behind in order for the rest of the crew to survive only to find out later that he is alive!
You might think a novel that is about a man stranded on Mars and NASA working on a rescue mission to save him might not be all that entertaining but this book was far from a snoozer. I was captivated immediately. The book goes back and forth between NASA’s strategic planning to save him and Watney’s daily journal entries.
Andy Weir used his in-depth knowledge about space and space travel when writing this novel. Parts of the story read kind of complicated with the problem solving such as word problems and scientific calculations, but it added realism to the scenarios Watney and NASA were facing.
Watney’s extremely sarcastic and space nerd personality shows through in his daily journal entries. In his overwhelming desire to keep himself alive in hopes of being rescued, he never loses his sense of humor. This is what made the novel for me. I am not a science nerd myself but still found this to be a gripping and humorous story that was not easy to put down.
This novel part of SCC’s book club and I am very anxious to hear what others have to say.
You can also check out Julia’s review of this title.