24 Dec 2017

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Book Review / The Martian by Andy Weir

ix 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?

Published:     11th February 2014
Publisher: Crown
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library


I don't believe that words can fully describe how much I enjoyed this book.  I decided to listen to this on audio book rather than read the book and I am so glad that I did.  I am not sure who the narrator was but he did a brilliant job.  You have this very serious situation where Mark Watney has been left behind on Mars and has to figure out how to survive with only the supplies he was left with and about 4 years to live long enough for the next mission to arrive.  There's a lot of scientific talk which I'll be honest and say that I didn't fully understand but you also have this great comedic sense of humour coming from the author via Mark Watney, other characters and situations that just made this so much fun to listen to.   Just following Mark Watney as he discovers the only music he has to listen to for the next number of months and years is disco, made me chuckle!

I am now going to watch the movie and I hope that not too much has been changed from the book!