04 June, 2016


Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Series: The Martian #1
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
Publisher: Crown
Source: Physical copy
Pages: 369

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A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man's struggle to survive.

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, 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.

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.

I have seen many people reading and loving this book so when I saw it on sale...yeah pretty much you know how it goes. Plus, it was also picked as a bookclub month pick by by fellow book lover and yeah, just perfect!

THE WORLD: So you know earth? Yeah well it is time you forget about it because as the title suggests, we are on Mars! Yes, the cold, oxygenless Mars that actually following today's science once did had water. But yeah, key word being once.

CHARACTERS: The main character is of course the martian aka Mark Watney. He is an astronout that gets left behind during the sand storm. Bad things happen to everybody I guess. I only hope that not so bad things happen to me. So yeah Mark, frankly I loved him. He was funny, smart and did not give in into depression. After all being left on Mars with nobody knowing you even alive...yeah that is pretty depressing. The book is really about Mark surviving more than a year on Mars alone and with suplies that were left for a six people crew to survive three months I think. At first it sounds not too bad but the thing is, the next crew to Mars is not due for another four years. So that is where Mark started to show his skills. Frankly, all the formulas and calculations...I feared I might get bored, after all math and physics is something I can do but it makes me really unhappy. That did not happy, I pretty much ate the book how good it was.

Additionally to Mark we also get NASA's perspective as they unexpectedly discover that Mark is alive.  I wonder tho, would this really work out this way in reality or would they just bury the story and leave Mark on the Mars...I mean after all the rescue mission, it is huge huge money.

LOVE: Not in this book, my lovelies. This is purely romance free.

PLUS: Apparently most of scientific facts in this book are true. It turns out the author was posting online chapters of this book while writing and people with actual knowledge were correcting him. Pretty awesome. The only thing that is not correct in this book is the tipping of the ship when the crew leaves Mark behind. Apparently, it would not happen in actual Mars. Oh well, it worked for me :D Also the potato farm! I was laughing so much!

MINUS: Cannot really think of any. I am yet to see the movie but I heard the ending is different so I am not sure. I somehow feel the book ending is more realistic. Anyways, that is obviously not a minus.

OVERALL: I really enjoyed this book and see what the hype was all about. It is definitely worth loving and recommending to everybody because really it is just a really good book!


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