The Martian Andy Weir Pages: 369 Published: 2011
The book: During a sand storm, Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars by the rest of his crew when they evacuate the planet. But he’s not dead; he survived and is now alone with no ability to contact Earth to let anyone know he’s alive. Will he survive? Will he get off the planet? What happens next?
You might like it because: It’s an exciting story with many obstacles to be overcome as Watney tries to save himself. Watney, as narrator, has a dark and sarcastic sense of humor, which adds to the entertainment.
What did other people say?
“As gripping as they come…You’ll be rooting for Watney the whole way, groaning at every setback and laughing at his pitch-black humor. Utterly nail-biting and memorable.” – Financial Times
“A hugely entertaining novel [that] reads like a rocket ship afire…Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny, and resourceful characters in recent fiction.”– Chicago Tribune
Awards & Recognition:
#1 New York Times Best Seller
How quickly will you get into the book? The first line did it for me and there was no going back after I got to the bottom of the first page.
You might not like it because: At some points in the book there is a lot of scientific detail explaining what Watney is doing or trying to do. Some readers might not appreciate that much detail and find it gets in the way of the story.
What might you read next?
Read about a group of children marooned on an island in Lord of The Flies by William Golding.
Alternatively, pick up The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. This is a collection of short stories, written in 1950, all about the colonization of Mars.