I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Crown on 2-11-2014
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction
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Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old
The Martian is a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his journey to survive.
At first I thought the book might end up being a bit boring…an astronaut stranded by himself. But ultimately it turned out to be quite the story. Mark is humorous and resourceful and he tackles one challenge after another, even when things go catastrophically wrong. The story also includes parts with NASA on Earth, and Mark’s colleagues aboard a spaceship so we’re never too isolated. I really loved the story and was captivated, and the humor was quite entertaining. It is very science-based and thus always seems plausible. There was a lot of profanity in the story, but otherwise I don’t find any faults. This was a great book.
Note to the reader: anytime the narration switches from first person to third person, something really, really bad is about to happen.
Audible version: The narrator did a great job. There were a few times when he was a bit too enthusiastic, and a few minor times when he missed a voice. But ultimately he did well in making me believe he was Mark Watney.