Author: Andy Weir
Provided Synopsis: 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?
Review: When Mark Watney is left behind on the planet Mars, he is left with no other viable option but to find a way to survive. Thus begins one of the most engaging survival stories I have ever come across, and one that kept me quite riveted to the world for the duration of my time with these characters.
I could feel the thrill of the action whenever movement needed to be taken; I could feel the joy when a success was achieved or the despair when Mars continued to try to kill him through various means. For me, Mark was a character that is impossible to dislike; even through the worst ordeals he maintained a sense of humor throughout his written logs and other forms of communication that translated well to my ability to empathize with him, cheer for him, and feel a part of his journey. The only part of his world that I did not always get along with was when the science and math went into such incredible detail. I am terrible at those subjects and could sometimes find my attention glaze over, but at least Mark seemed to understand that for he would then throw in some jokes and a word his processes in a more relatable way for me to understand.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. The thrill of the adventure will keep your attention all the way through, and the setting on Mars is not only educational but filled with surprises. I cannot wait to see Hollywood’s adaptation of this one