on October 28th 2014
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Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense
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 forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, 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, Mark 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.
Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength--Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Did you ever watch that Tom Hanks movie “Castaway” where he’s the lone survivor of a plane crash, and he winds up on a deserted island for years? He goes a little mad from the isolation and becomes best friends with a volleyball he names “Wilson”. He has to survive by building a shelter, collecting rain water, and fish for food. Well, those survival skills are a cakewalk compared to the living conditions on Mars.
This guy, Mark, has to figure out a way to grow his own food on a planet without soil to support plant life. He has to make his own water to drink and oxygen to breathe because the martian atmosphere will not sustain human life.
The Martian was one of the most intense novels I have ever read. Literally from beginning to end I was hanging on every word. I didn’t know how Mark was going to overcome each obstacle he faced. I kept thinking, oh no, this might be his end. He was exceptionally intelligent and could problem solve and think outside the box like nobody’s business.
I liked that Mark’s character stayed positive for the most part and continued the will to live when his survival seemed pretty bleak at times. I think a weaker person would have fell into depression in his unique situation. He was also humorous in the face of ultimate survival.
“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”
“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
The author’s writing was phenomenal! Absolutely loved it! I can’t even imagine the amount of research that went into bringing this project to fruition. The hours spent studying rocket science, botany, space travel, the Mars planet, and the inner workings of NASA boggles my mind.
Narrator note: The narrator kicked major ass! You will not be disappointed if you pick the audio version. 🙂
I cannot recommend this book enough, and I cannot wait to see the movie!
P.S. I’m trying to figure out who the book fairy is that sent me a freakin’ signed copy! Seriously, I have the best book friends in the whole world.