Pages: 369 pages
Published: February 11th, 2014
5 out of 5 stars
The Martian is about Mark Watney, an astronaut on the Ares 3 mission on mars until everything goes wrong. After a dust storm almost kills Mark, and his crew being forced to evacuate while thinking he’s dead, Mark finds himself all alone on Mars with nothing more than the supplies left behind with all the supplies his crew left behind. With no way to connect with Earth and all alone, Mark has to survive until the next mission crew lands over 400 sols.
With this Mark’s survival story starts, which manages to be very fast-paced but yet delves into the science that comes with outer space in an accurate manner except for a couple of details. “This is not just a story, the author has done real computations,” Rudi Schmidt, ESA Project Manager for Mars Express and also a consultant on the film, told IFLScience, which really shows the dedication and accuracy that went into this. everything from the orbital dynamics to the inflatable habitat that’s the hab is accurate. All of Mark’s thoughts and calculations are written down in the book, and while they can be very overwhelming at first, they make sense and really give the story the feel of outer space survival.
Mark is also a very great character, which tries to stay positive and cracks jokes even in the hardest of times. But when something happens where emotions needed to be shown, Weir didn’t shy away from letting Mark show them. Mark has a great sense of humor (and a love-hate relationship with the 80’s media he got stuck with for entertainment). I found myself laughing through the entire book, cheering him home and maybe even shedding a little tear at the end.
The Martian is one of my favorite books as it combines my interests in books and science in a very accurate manner. If you like science or space or are searching for a good sci-fi surviving story to read, I can’t recommend the Martian enough. Because when a book actually got referenced in an ESA press conference question when the Schiaparelli mission failed, you know it’s been an amazing read