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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After a catastrophic turn of events, American astronaut Mark Watney has been marooned on Mars—and presumed dead. With no way to contact Earth, Watney knows his survival depends on his ability to outsmart an inhospitable planet intent on killing him. Author Andy Weir’s narrative unfolds chiefly through diary entries, and his protagonist’s sailor-mouthed ramblings make even the driest scientific descriptions delightfully funny. As plans collapse and one dire situation begets another, Weir’s impeccable research lets him depict Watney's terrifying travails in exacting detail. The Martian is a man-vs.-nature odyssey that defies expectations again and again.
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One of the best books I've read in months. Smart, funny and compelling - I hated to see it end.
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.
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!