Author: Andy Weir
I rarely read fiction compared to the many non-fiction titles I devour. Anyway, I had caught up on books I brought with me while travelling recently and so needed something new to sink into while doing some business travel. I have to say, most of the fiction rack didn’t interest me at all, either romance or books about someone’s dog it seems. At the time, I thought The Martian was the best of the worse, since nothing really interested me. Anyway, I was quickly taken into the depth of this intriguing book and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Basically, the first chapter tells you the start and end of the whole book, which I couldn’t quite figure out why so much climax was put in at the start. It definitely hooked me though as I quickly learned the astronaut, Mark Watney is left for dead isolated on Mars after a freak space accident with his crew, which they had to abandon him (having every indication and belief that Mark was in fact dead). Mark quickly reveals how ingenious and inventive he is as he saves himself from death and begins what will be a very long isolated adventure on Mars. From obvious limitations of food, water, air and company, Mark seems to face everything Mars can throw at him with his engineering mind set to solve each problem and move past it. I certainly connected with the engineering aspect and some of the science behind his many inventions (I’m certainly no space junky however), and the author has certainly down his research in making every scenario, every experiment and every problem as realistic as you could expect, which I felt really help to draw me into the Martian world. Mark logs his adventures from his own perspective and the book jumps between his solitude on Mars and the other parties involved from NASA to the crew to families back on Earth.
The whole story is quite an amazing adventure and the incredibly resourceful Mark Watney makes the whole book amusing and gripping. He is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever read and I just couldn’t put the book down. Each setback and problem, left me wanting to see Watney escape and figure out yet another impossible problem. Its brilliantly written and I hope to see more books from Weir, as this is his first.
So, I hope you pick up a copy if you have any interest in space, science, adventure or even human ingenuity and resourcefulness, as this book has all of those.
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