The Martian: A Review

The Martian by Andy Weir

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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and 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—and 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?

I feel if this book didn't have the words “A Novel” on the cover, it would feel like I was reading a memoir. The Martian is about a man abandoned on Mars. It isn't some science fiction novel, where it’s he’s on Mars now he has some mysteries aliens to deal with. Which would be something I’m used to. This book was pure science, I do like science I love to watch movies and read about it. But I’m not going to tell everyone I don’t know half of what they are talking about. Oops.  

So even though this book is jam packed with real life scenarios, about NASA equipment. I kind of got the idea of what Mark Watney was talking about. I love how the book was formatted. First it was Watney for quite sometime, the book was telling what he was doing day by day or Sol by Sol, as a day on Mars was. And then some chapters were switched to NASA and everyone there.

I can say Watney was a hilarious character he was strong willed, then there were sudden moments of just some down right funny bits. I like that he never gave up, I mean the entire book, he never wants to give up and I think that is pretty amazing. Even if I was cringing the whole time thinking to myself don’t die please don’t die. This book was awesome and it took me out of my element of my usual reads.

So if this something you’d like to read more about you can head over to Andy Weirs website where you can read a preview of The Martian or hear about anything else of Andy Weirs upcoming work.

I received this book for free for my review from Blogging For Books. 


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