The Martian by Andy Weir
What’s it about?
Astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded on Mars. He is alone and without enough resources to survive. This suspense, thriller tells his tale with humor and LOTS of science!
What did I think?
I was expecting a science fiction book and instead I enjoyed a very unusual suspense novel. I liked the characters, especially Mark Watney and his sense of humor.
Should you read it?
If you love science and suspense then you MUST read this book. If you do not want to read anything about botany, chemistry or physics then find another thriller. This book was a page-turner but it also sometimes made my eyes glaze over. Other times I found the science really interesting. This book is not for everyone but it is absolutely made for some readers.
“Since Sol 6 all I’ve wanted to do was get the hell out of here. Now the prospect of leaving the Hab behind scares the shit out of me. I need some encouragement. I need to ask myself, ‘What would an Apollo astronaut do’?
He’d drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”
Was this novel too technical for you?
If you like this try-
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens
Station Eleven by Hillary St. John Mandel
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!