My review of Andy Weir’s The Martian


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?

5 Stars

Just got done with my second read of this book for an online book club I sort of participate in. I was just as thrilled with it the second time as the first.

Wow! Can you say ‘page turner’? I didn’t want to put this down. I haven’t been this taken in by a book from an author I’ve never heard of since I read Caleb Carr’s The Alienist or maybe Lincoln and Child’s Relic. Absolutely thrilling book.

The plot, man stuck in the middle of nowhere by himself, has been done before. But the execution was never this exciting. It’s my favorite survival book. It’s my favorite Mars book. Mark Watney is Hi-Larious! Reading his logs had me tearing up in laughter. He’s the kind of smart-alec I want to be. He was well fleshed out, funny and extraordinarily well suited to the task. The other characters were well done as well, but didn’t play as major a role. The pacing of the book was excellent.

The eBook was formatted well with no obvious errors in spelling/grammar.