Published by Crown
Pub Date: February 11th 2014
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi
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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?
The plot of this book is simply: A team of 6 astronauts goes out for a mission to Mars. This is the third time the mission has taken place and the first two times have been successful. During day 6 of being on Mars, a sandstorm occurs and 5 of the astronauts are able to safely return to their spaceship. Mark Watney is the 6th astronaut and he has been left behind. The crew he was with are under the impression he is now dead and are forced to abort the mission and leave Mars. Mark is injured, but far from ready to give up. Not only is he a botanist/mechanical engineer/an effin genius, he has the mentality of a survivor and refuses to look for a corner to sulk in. Equipped with food and tools that were meant to last six people for thirty-one days, Mark is determined to do whatever he has to do in order to make it last for four years. That is when the 4th mission to Mars is scheduled to take place and Mark knows it will be his only chance at being rescued.
The first few chapters were really hard for me to get through. Mark’s character is incredibly intelligent and he has no problem throwing out all sorts of formulas and concepts that were hard to wrap my brain around. All the scientific talk was beginning to feel overwhelming, but I’m so glad I decided to stick with this book! I kept trying to understand every single one of the formulas until I stopped and realized that the chances of me ever being quizzed and asked to explain these formulas were slim to none. The odds of me deciding to drop photography to be an astronaut were even smaller! Ha! I finally stopped getting in my own head about wanting to make sense of every single thing. All I needed to focus on was that “I’m willing to dedicate all but an emergency 50 liters to the cause. I can feed 62.5 square meters at a depth of 10 centimeters. About two-thirds of the Hab’s floor.” meant “I have enough.” At first, I wanted for the Andy Weir to just talk in layman’s terms, but then I realized that would take away from the experience. The author’s job was to make this book so realistic that I wouldn’t question him. He definitely accomplished that! There is no question that Weir has to have done extensive research when writing this book!
Mark Watney’s humor was easily my favorite thing about The Martian! This book is filled with so much sass and sarcasm that had me laughing out loud more times than I can recall! Mark is far from being unrealistic about his present situation and his bluntness with it all just makes you root for his success every step of the way.
“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.” -Mark Watney
The ending was extremely thrilling! The book comes to a point where it’s do or die (literally) time and there are less than 10 pages left! Because of this, the conclusion felt very abrupt. I don’t think all books need an epilogue, but this one was definitely missing one. The feeling of being cut off when I wanted more has made watching the movie adaptation a must!
My boyfriend will only read a couple of books a year, but this is one he devoured in 2 days which is completely unheard of for him. If you’re like me and try to find books that you can bond over with your significant other, then this is a great pick! Plus you get to treat each other to a movie date afterwards! ♥