Publisher: Crown on February 11, 2014
Genres: Sci-Fi, Adventure
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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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?
At A Glance
I want to have Martian babies with this book.
After finishing The Martian, I had to take a break from reading for a few days. There was literally no book that interested me after reading the amazingness of The Martian. Nothing is going to live up to this book for some time.
The best part of this book is Mark. Best. Protagonist. Ever! He was fucking hilarious. He’s the kind of guy you would want to be stranded with. He lightens the mood while figuring out how to survive like a boss! I don’t think there is anything Mark can’t do. This mofo is stuck on Mars with few supplies and support and sciences the shit out of his minimal assets to last for years! Now that’s a guy I would let have sex with me. 😀 Competent science geeks are hot!
The story flowed beautifully. We get to see some stories outside of Mars, like the crew that left him (they thought he was dead) and NASA. They are all scrambling to save him but, of course, everything that can possibly go wrong, goes wrong. I gotta be honest, my butthole was clenched through this whole book. Yes, I just said that! I was so stressed. I had to keep getting up, walking around, setting the book down because my nerves were fried. That’s how much this book affected me.
I am not a science person. At all. But Weir made science understandable. Crazy, I know. Physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, all of it was explained in a way that the average person could completely understand what was going on. Yay, science! Each character had depth and a unique personality. Weir took his descriptions of Mars and NASA equipment to a whole other level. I was there, every step, right along with Mark.
There were a lot of scientific explanations that could get tedious sometimes.
No romance. Romance in a story about a guy alone on Mars would have taken this book to weird places.
Read it!!! Now!!! This is not a genre I read very often and I am going cray-cray over it. It was almost perfection. Mark was one of the best protagonists ever written. I think anyone could love this book. Very, highly recommended.
“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”
“Me: “This is obviously a clog. How about I take it apart and check the internal tubing?” NASA: (after five hours of deliberation) “No. You’ll fuck it up and die.” So I took it apart.”
“If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.”
“WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.).”
“My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.”
I am so freaking excited for the movie!