Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Adventure
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.
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.
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.
The last review I wrote was huge. I’m gonna try to keep this one short.
This book was… so much science and so much fun; a sentence I never thought I would say.
Science has always been interesting. Fun? Not so much. But this book did a brilliant job of making it both interesting and fun. And the entire credit for that goes to… Mark Watney! Well, a little bit of it goes to the author as well.
But seriously, Mark was one of the best characters I’ve ever come across. His endless optimism, his sense of humour, quick-thinking, sarcasm and botany powers were the soul of this book. Without him as a protagonist, things wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable.
Mark was faced with so many problems (being stranded on a planet that doesn’t support life will do that to you) and he never gave up. He didn’t let himself be depressed and always made a plan to move forward. Kudos to Andy Weir for coming up with so many problems to throw at him.
This book had an amazing plot, protagonist and narrative. I took half a star off because this book is seriously science-y and, hence, not the most approachable. Not everyone will understand it perfectly. In fact, I saw some reviews critisizing just that.
Overall, I love the book. I saw the movie just after (movie Mark had it so much easier!) and it was a good movie. But the book’s still so much better.