The Martian by Andy Weir:
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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 and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive―and 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―and 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?
From the get-go Mark Watney was a character I rooted for, every accident, every challenge he was faced with, I kept saying; get up Mark, get up! And when he did, it was amazing.
I’ve never wanted a character to survive so much. It was such a nail-biting experience reading this book because every time I turned the page I didn’t know if he would survive or not.
I definitely fell in love with this guy, I mean he was funny, smart and the damn bastard was tenacious, he just did not want to die. Mark Watney is definitely the man! Don’t get me wrong though he made mistakes, big ones, but I think that’s what made him so lovable. You wouldn’t think a book about being stuck on Mars in the worst conditions would be funny but it was and that just made this book really unique.
I really flew through this book, it was so good, I definitely recommend picking it up, it’s not your ordinary si-fi, it’s got intense science in it but it was written in a way that was really easy to understand. So if you are looking for something that’s funny or thought provoking, READ THIS BOOK! Plus it’s just over 350 pages so it’s not a heavy read.
I’m currently reading The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons and so far so good so watch out for that review.