Publisher: Crown (February 11th 2014)
Hardcover: 369 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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 and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
So I finally jumped on the bandwagon and read the book! And I’m glad I did because this book was hella entertaining.
Considering it’s about a man cast away on Mars alone trying to survive in an impossible scenario, it’s not very dark. It’s actually quite funny.
Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.
What do you know? I’m in command.
Mark the astronaut is the highlight of the book. He has this personality that’ll either make you love him and root for him, or find him utterly annoying. Thankfully it was a go for me. He has a hilarious personality and has quite the perseverance and resourcefulness. And so much positivity!
“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”
The amount of sarcasm and random thoughts that he spews out is just amazing. And holy crap, the crazy stuff he goes through. As soon as he’s finally figured out how to survival, another fiasco comes swooping in. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion.
“Everything went great right up to the explosion.”
There are side characters. They’re fairly interesting.
“Me: “This is obviously a clog. How about I take it apart and check the internal tubing?”
NASA: (after five hours of deliberation) “No. You’ll fuck it up and die.”
So I took it apart.”
Overall, it’s quite the space adventure and I totally get why it’s been made into a blockbuster movie. There is a lot (and I mean a lot) of science-y stuff (Mark likes to explain everything), so that can be both interesting and tedious at time. That being said, the story is engaging and hilarious and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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