The Martian by Andy Weir

18007564There is nothing I can say about The Martian that hasn’t already been said.  It’s as good as the hype!  It’s a technically dense book that somehow makes mechanical engineering exciting.  It’s an survival story that captures the loneliness and desperation of space travel.  It’s a rescue operation that builds the tension to the breaking point over and over again.

It’s so fun!  Mark Watney’s personality is what elevates the novel from boring science-speak to a touching story about one man’s endurance and humor in the face of oblivion.  His logs are funny, occasionally irreverent, and alternately joyous or devastated.  When the book opens up the world so that we get perspectives from NASA and his crew on Hermes, it gets even better!

Honestly, the story is disorienting.  I don’t know enough about space engineering to know if anything he says is accurate, but it sure SOUNDS possible.  So why aren’t we on Mars yet?  Let’s agree to put Andy Weir in charge of NASA – nothing could go wrong with that plan.  

Book Jacket

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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, 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, 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

Release Date:  2011

2 thoughts on “The Martian by Andy Weir

  1. Tommy Meisel February 10, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Hi Trish! I read this book in 2011 when it was first released. Amazon sold it for the Kindle for a dollar or two since no one knew who Andy Weir was. I thought it was a tremendous read, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was dismayed to find it was his only novel. I also saw the film and it was OK but deviated quite a bit from the book and kind of dumbed it down in the process. The book was way more interesting to me because Andy had his engineering correct. We engineers appreciate this! If your readers have only seen the movie, tell them to get the book, they have missed a lot.


    • Tricia February 10, 2016 / 8:39 pm

      I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’ve heard it’s fun, but like you said, I heard it’s far better to read the book first!


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