The Martian // Review

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir, Published by Crown, Purchased at Subtext Books in Downtown Saint Paul.

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 forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity and his engineering skills, he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I picked this book up because of the movie trailer. I had already heard great things about The Martian, and was intrigued especially because I love sci-fi, but after seeing the movie trailer I knew I NEEDED to read the book.

I don’t do well with thrillers. They’re either predictable, or they freak me out, or both. I was afraid this book would be too much of a thriller for me. But it wasn’t. At all. The Martian is more than a space thriller. It’s filled with real science. Or, well, a huge amount of it is very real and very well explained science. It is fascinating, and the most thrilling part of the book is watching as Watney figures a way out of every deadly situation that is thrown at him. If you are worried about being scared by this book, don’t be.

One of my favorite things about this book is how it’s told in Watney’s logs. We see (almost) everything through his eyes and his words. A great thing that comes with that is his unfailing humor. In his voice everything becomes a little humorous, whether it’s a moment of victory or a moment of certain doom.

As you may have guessed, there’s not a whole lot of characters to talk about in this book. There are more characters than just Watney, but he is the only character in about 95% of the book. That said, I really liked all the characters, Watney especially but what I saw of the rest of them was really great too.

I say this a lot, and I will say it again, The Martian was a book that I could not put down. I started reading it, and I just kept reading it. Late into the night and through the next day. I just had to know what would happen next. And it payed off. Every part of it was glorious, from the stupid jokes to the hard core science.

If you like science fiction, you will love The Martian.

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