Spoiler-Free Review : The Martian by Andy Weir
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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.
This book has been raved about for months, so when I saw a copy of it in The Works for only £3.00, I had to get it. Since then it's basically been on every single monthly TBR, but I've never read it. Last month I suddenly felt in the mood for it so I picked it and instantly I was hooked. I wasn't just hooked, I was obsessed. I finished the last 200 (ish) pages at the start of this month and I knew that I would just have to write a review for it. Well, every time I tried to sit down and write it, I just didn't know what to say, I didn't know how to describe what I though of this book and what it did to me. Today I'm going to have a go at writing my review.
Mark Watney was the first man to walk on Mars, but after an incident, which made the crew believe he was dead, he is now also stranded there. It now looks like Mark Watney will also be the first person to die on Mars. Mark has to face the problems of new landscape, treacherous journeys as well as struggle for food and technical failures.
Despite his possibly deadly situation, Mark still has his humour, which shines throughout the book. I kept having to stop reading because I was laughing that hard that I couldn't keep hold of the book. I may actually do a blog post of some of my favourite quotes from this book as there are some really great ones. Let me know below or on my Instagram (@sprinkle_of_books) whether you would like me to do that.
Another thing that this book proved was that astronauts are bloody smart. The things they need to know is endless. For nearly every problem Mark had been trained (or sat least had the knowledge) how to fix it. To me it was really impressive and just shows that not everybody can be an astronaut.
This book is completely packed full of scientific language and I will admit about 3/4 of it went straight over my head. Despite my lack of knowing what was going on through these parts, nothing was lost from the story and it didn't make me love it any less.
Even if your knew to the sci-fi world (this was my first ever sci-fi book!), I am sure that you will immediately fall in love with this book like me and wish for more from these characters. And if you don't fall immediately in love with this book then please carry on reading as it does get a lot better, when other characters are introduced.
As I absolutely loved this book, I have no choice but to give this book 4.75/5-5/5 and it's now in my top 5 books of the year!
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