Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Published: Crown, 2014

Pages: 369

Summary: 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?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have been interested in reading this book for a little while now and with the movie coming out soon, I figured that I should read the book before I see the movie.

The book starts off right in the action and the book pretty much stays in that mode of everything needs to be done, and done very carefully but accurately.  The whole book had this really intense vibe to it and the sense of urgency feels very real.

I enjoyed Mark Watney's voice, he's in this really crazy predicament yet he manages to sound humorous and can sometimes make light of the situation.  I think that's basically the best way to be able to cope in his situation and I felt as though Mark Watney's humour made me feel just that little bit better about his situation even though, it was pretty intense.

The book has quite a lot of technical speak and I thought this was really interesting, quite a big part of the book is Mark Watney doing calculations about how he can survive because in his case everything has to be accurate and there is no room for error.

Overall, I quite enjoyed The Martian, it was really entertaining and a highly intriguing read.  I don't want to say much more than that because really it's a book that people should read.

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