BLURP : 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.
This was something.
Not that I didn’t like it. It had good, informative, detailed, researched material.
I feel like all the sci-fis I try somehow only make me appreciate the humour and nothing else in the book (eg- The 5th Wave).
So basically The Martian is about this guy Mark Watney and he’s a part of Ares 3 which is a mission consisting of six people sent to Mars to examine, look for possible things which are similar to earth.
While “evacuating” Mars, Watney gets left behind due to … Reasons and the crew thinks he’s dead.
Well Bam! He is not! Yay.
This is from where the novel starts.
I liked the writing style, it really kept me going and the humour was appreciated too.
Mark as a character was pretty intelligent and brave, I must say. I mean I’d probably not do anything and wait it out till the oxygen finishes or something.
But he was engaging and he was ready to look for alternatives. Never back down!
One other character I liked, even though Mark is the only character which dominated for about 50% of the book, is Lewis.
I liked the bits which showed her emotions and how she felt and was feeling, being the captain and all.
All in all, it was a good read. I liked the end and the message that the author was trying to send.
Really good, buddy!
I’ll probably never read this again though! I know a lot of people have loved this but for me once was enough.
Phew! A lot of science in there.
Like a lot.
I’ll surely keep a lookout for his other books though.
If you’re interested in sci-fis and like all these “space-ry” books, this one is surely for you.