'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. 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?'
Everyone loves a survival story where the hero triumphs. Especially a survival story where the protagonist is as hilarious as Mark Watney. He is such a likeable character.
“Here's the cool part: I will eventually go to Schiaparelli crater and commandeer the Ares 4 lander. Nobody explicitly gave me permission to do this, and they can't until I'm aboard Ares 4 and operating the comm system. After I board Ares 4, before talking to NASA, I will take control of a craft in international waters without permission. That makes me a pirate! A Space Pirate!”
Between the scientific nature of the book and what Mark has to try and succeed in doing in order to survive, gave me a lot of thought into how Astronauts do it, it astounded me. It’s impossible to not be charmed by Mark.
”I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks. This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for.”
From the get go you can tell The Martian has been meticulously researched. As part of the book reads like a science book,- I however didn’t dislike this - it adds to the realism of the novel. You can tell that the author, Andy Weir, is so enthused and excited about space exploration, the main character Mark, exudes all the excitement of a golden labrador puppy, which made me adore him. Anyway, Andy Weir had me totally convinced that all the events in the book actually happened. Mark survives purely on his science brain and duct tape. You can’t forget the duct tape. He beats the odds and we cheer in applause. I was rooting for him the whole book.
“Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.”
My personal favourite quote:
[NASA guy on Earth]: “What must it be like?” He pondered. “He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.” [MARK'S JOURNAL ON MARS]: LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”
I would definitely recommend The Martian to people who like space, survival stories anything sci-fi or humour based. I have one problem with it and that is that I wish the book was double the size, just so we could get to know the rest of the characters. All in all it is just a really enjoyable read, filled with exciting space-based science and funny quotes. Note: the film isn’t too bad either! Of course the book is better though.