Sunday, October 11, 2015

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—& 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 wanted to read The Martian before watching the movie (you guys know the rule. Read the book first, watch the movie later). I  was also intrigued about it since I knew this was Andy Weir's first novel and that he self-published it to begin with. 

I have to admit the book had a lot of technical information. There is a lot of chemistry, psychics, math. However, if you stick with it, you realize Mark is unbelievably smart and funny. He had me laughing multiple times through the book. His boob message to NASA was awesome!

Mark had me rooting for him to get saved and I was hoping for sooner rather than later. I can't even imagine how alone and desperate he might have felt through all his time on Mars. I have no idea how he was able to accomplish everything he did during his time there. How he didn't give up? How he didn't go crazy from the lack of contact with other human beings? 

I'm sure after everything he goes through, it will be a long time before he has potatoes again, if ever. And I can't really blame him.

4/5 Fangs

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