Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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—and 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—and 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?

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I knew that I wanted to read it before the movie came out. But I was procrastinating on it since I had plenty of other stuff to read. But I kicked myself into gear when I saw the trailer premiere. I pretty much dropped everything to read this book and I read it in one day. It wouldn't let me put it down!

Told in a mixture of mission log entries, flashbacks, and glimpses of the goings on on earth, The Martian never lets up. Just when you think the guy has got something going great for him something bad happens! But then again, it is outer space, so what do you expect?

For Sci-fi nerds like me, this book is a dream. It's an impossible situation based in scientific fact. I hope that if anyone ever ends up actually stranded on Mars they've read the book--they could probably take some pointers. Weir has clearly done his research and is very knowledgable. The only detriment to this is sometimes the scientific stuff got repeated quite a bit, even if it had already been stated. (This could have been emphasized by the fact that I read the book so quickly, but I'll never know.)

So if you want a book that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you. Especially if you want to go into the movie this November knowing what happens! This is definitely a great one to read the book first. Check out the trailer for the movie below!

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