Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianWhat’s it about?

 I’m stranded on Mars.I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.

My thoughts

Upon glowing reviews from 3 of my blogging friends I picked this up from a local charity shop in perfect condition; a bargain at £1.50! I had anticipated keeping it for my book club choice but then I discovered the movie is released at the end of September and wanted to read before then so in I went.

Once you get your head around all the 3 letter acronyms in the first few chapters it’s a steady read although initially I did find myself constantly checking back to the beginning to remind myself what they were.

I will admit I got a bit lost and a bit bored with all the science-y techy stuff; for example when he was trying to make water. I had no idea what was going on or how he was doing what he was doing, I just had to appreciate the sense of urgency, the importance and the danger from the procedures.

I really enjoyed the humour of Mark Watney’s character and hope that this will translate to the big screen.

“I just had to get something to stand on. I used a geological sample container (also known as “a box”).”

“Then I got a medium flexible sample container (“Ziploc bag”)”

If you breakdown, get lost or get stranded on Mars for eighteen months, he’s the guy you want to be with. The majority of this book is the urgency to save Mark but I never actually felt it was fast-paced in terms of its writing, in some areas it was quite slow. Although I read the last couple of chapters in about 10 minutes!!

If you love movies like Apollo 13, Mission to Mars and Red Planet you’ll enjoy this book, even if (dare I say it) you’re not a reader or a sci-fi lover as you’ll be routing for Watney’s survival from page one.

The movie adaptation is out in the UK at the end of September; you can watch the trailer here:

But read the book first!!!!

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