Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Martian by Andy Weir

Star Rating : 5 out of 5

Content Rating : HIGH
Back Cover :
"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?”
My Thoughts :
I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. It is science fiction; but not how you would normally think of science fiction. This is not a space-travel to meet the aliens book; it is full of science and problem solving. I could not get over the amount of things the author had to know or research. This is pretty science-y; but even if you are not in to all the math/science-geek stuff, it is still an intriguing read that will pull you in. Think modern Robinson Crusoe on Mars. READ IT; but, if you do not want to put the effort in the movie is good too!
I rated this HIGH due amount of strong language. The first sentence is “I’m pretty much f---ed.” There are about 59 uses of the f-word and several other more mild profanities. However, I never felt distracted by the language. There are no sexual scenes and no real violence.
     Note : There is a “Classroom Edition” that has been released. It cleans up the profanity.
     What I liked :
  • The Premise – It’s original. The premise was taken very seriously and it’s realistic. The author did a lot of research and his notes at the back of the book show that. And it’s space, who doesn’t love a good space adventure.
  • The Sarcasm – The main character and narrator, Mark Watney, is hilarious. I literally laughed out loud a few times.
  • The Science – I really enjoyed following Watney as he works through each problem that arises. This is a hard-science sci-fi. The book is full of puzzles, botany, chemistry, and engineering.
     What I didn’t like :
  • The Character Development – I really enjoyed this book, so this was hard. However, when thinking back, the characters are a bit flat and one dimensional. They lack some emotional complexity. You spend the most time with Watney; but, his character does not develop as the story unfolds. The Watney you meet on page one is the same Watney all the way through. You do not really learn anything more about him as a person.

What Others Are Saying :
“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”--Wall Street Journal

“Andy Weir delivers with The Martian...a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science friction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”--Associated Press
“Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy…succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.”--USA Today

Review by Shayna Hinshaw

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