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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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?

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
February 11
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

Cindylaurel ,


One of the best books I've read in months. Smart, funny and compelling - I hated to see it end.

MacVideoLady ,

Fascinating page turner

Pretty darn good character sketches especially given the format constraints. Bit of an abrupt ending. I'd cast Hugh Jackman as Mark Watney. Absorbing tale!

criticmacfan ,

A story about not giving up

This is a story to share. It is about not giving up even when you might think that everything is lost.
Enjoy the science, the sadness, the desperation, the humor and the achievement combined inside a great narration.
The Martian is about humankind and what define the greatest part of all of us.

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