With the movie coming out in October, I had to re-read this book. I listened to the audiobook both times. R. C. Bray does such a great job with this book.
The Martian by Andy Weir
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?
Reading (or listening to, in my case) this book is sort of like watching MythBusters. Weir brings the highly complex science of space travel and mechanical engineering down to the level of the average person. I was in awe of Mark Watney’s character. He was able to think his way out of so many difficult situations.And he maintained humor throughout it all.
The tone of this book is the best thing about it. Mark is stranded on Mars, and yet he can make jokes about the situation. The majority of the book is told in the form of Mark’s log entries. I loved them! Even the swearing. I normally don’t like swearing, and I’ve been reading a lot of reviews that knock the book for that, but, for me, it added to the humor and enjoyment of the book.
I enjoyed this book more the second time because there was no suspense. I knew what was going to happen, so I could relax and enjoy the details. And they are amazing. Weir really spent time on the science and the specifics of this story.
I can’t wait to see the movie!
My Original Rating: 4 Stars
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