The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianThe MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir by Andy Weir

Not my usual sort of book, but it’s gotten rave reviews both online and in person, so I had to give it a try.

Unwisely, I began the book after putting my children to bed. “I’ll just give it a try and see if I like the author’s style” I told myself.

Several hours later (and way past my bedtime) I finished the book and finally could put it down. I paid for that the next day, but even though I kept telling myself to stop reading! Go to bed! I couldn’t – I had to know what happened next.

I’ve read enough books on writing that I recognized some of what the author was doing to keep the reader’s attention, but it never pulled me out of the story and kept me from reading; instead I found myself admiring at how well he kept the tension high, kept my interest and all but forced me to keep reading.

A heads-up: there is a fair amount of cursing in the book, so it’s not one I’d listen to if little ears could overhear. And if you’re sensitive to language you may want to skip this one.

I’m still not a full-fledged science fiction fan, but clearly I can be persuaded by the right book. And this was the right book.

The next question is: will I see the movie when it releases next month? Perhaps…

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Publisher’s Description:
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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and 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—and 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?

Book Details

Title: The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
Author: Andy Weir
Category: Fiction / Science Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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  1. Yay! Glad you liked it. I’ll let you know if the movie is any good. I already have the babysitter lined up to see it on 10/6. 🙂

  2. SO GOOD, right? And your lack of love for sci fi is the one way we’re not twinsies, I guess. 😉 But yes, I enjoyed it greatly and am looking forward to the movie.

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