Goodreads Rating: 4.39 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Science Fiction, General Fiction
Publishing Date: February 11, 2014 (first published: 2011)
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.
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Usually, science fiction novels can be a hit or miss for me because of the information overload and there are times I’m overwhelmed by it. I picked The Martian randomly as an audio book which was narrated by R.C. Bray. He’s a good voice actor by the way and his narration got me into it.
Mark Watney is an astronaut stuck on Mars. His crew members evacuated the place after a dust storm and they thought he was dead. Good thing he only have a minor injury, he must find a way to survive using all the resources left and work on a way to communicate back to earth before he ran out of supplies. This guy is a freaking genius and has an awesome survival instinct. His journey isn’t easy at ALL and I’m actually scared for him. Instead, he was hilarious most of the time and remains positive. I’m really impressed with his character.
“Hell yeah I’m a botanist! Fear my botany powers!”
LOL! Overall, I enjoyed it though halfway things got heavier with all the science reference. I’m no Chemistry/Physics junkie and it kind of overwhelmed me. The ending makes me want to raise my fist in the air. I’m definitely going to watch the movie. Better late than never. Mark Watney is the King of Mars. 😛