The Martian, Andy Weir
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
A mission to Mars.A freak accident.
One man's struggle to survive.
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, Mark 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.
I’m a bit late to the party, I know, right? But better late than never, especially with good books like this one!
I was kind of sceptical at first, because I thought “meh, numbers”, “meh, will I like it?”
I absolutely loved it.
The tone of the book is absolutely perfect. Watney’s voice is the most fun thing I’ve read in a while, he has exactly the type of humour that floats my boat. I actually wrote something in my note to sum it up: Mark Watney is my spirit animal. There, you have it (and you know one more thing about me, ahah)!
I loved how well the reader is included within the story, as if we were part of it too, and how strangely realistic it all felt. Amazing.
The problem with this book is that once you start reading it, you’re doomed: you have to finish it, because you WANT TO KNOW if he’ll make it back home or not?
Loved it, had so much fun reading it, so good.