The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is stuck on Mars with no hope of rescue. He has no comms and only enough food to last a month. The next mission to Mars is years away. When he gets over the gravity of the situation (excuse the pun) Mark gets to work planning how to survive long enough to get back in contact with NASA.

Mark is a sarcastic and humorous in his communications. His tenacity and resourcefulness is admirable. The other crew members were also well developed considering their relative contributions. 

I loved this book and can’t wait to see the film. The science of space travel isn’t overwhelming at all, but obviously I can’t vouch for its validity. I’m sure Andy Weir spent a great deal of time researching and immersing himself in the details. I was completely convinced by it.

Despite the technical details it is still a reasonably easy read and I finished it in two sittings. By the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat as the tension increased to a dramatic conclusion. Overall an easily accessible and thoroughly gripping sci-fi thriller, and another favourite to add to my list.

5/5

Buy the book here The Martian (UK) and here The Martian (US).

  

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