The Martian by Andy Weir

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

This is one of those books that I would have never, ever, from the summary picked up. Luckily, my husband’s dad and stepmom were adamant that we would enjoy this and lent us their audible of it. Now, you guys are the lucky ones because you have me to tell you GO READ THIS BOOK. Folks, I mean like now.

The setup of the book follows Watney through logs that he records of his day to day activity. So you never get a first-hand account of his activities, just his retelling of them. Then you eventually get chapters thrown in that are in first person, of things going on on Earth.

Not only is there so much suspense in this book it is ridiculous, but it is so smart. Andy Weir seriously knows his space shit. He goes into so much detail about the tech there on Mars, and explains how Watney comes up with innovation after innovation to struggle to keep himself alive, and it is all true to tech that actually exists and would be present on a manned trip to Mars. At least, that’s what the intro says. I’m not an astronaut, so I mean, I suppose he could have made it all up. It sounds pretty legit though, and that is good enough for me.

The most important thing that I wanted to share with you guys, is something that I can’t believe is never mentioned in the summary. MARK WATNEY IS FREAKING HILARIOUS. This dude gets stranded on Mars with zero contact with any other human. The entire world think that he is dead. Instead of wallowing in what is honestly the most dire situation that I can think of, he decides that if he is going to die all alone on Mars, he is going down with some snark. Here is a couple little gems from him that are my favorites.

“The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid.” I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”

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“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.”

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LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.” 

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“Everything went great right up to the explosion.”

That’s about all I can post quote-wise without putting too many spoilers out there. If you guys love action, suspense, humor, and an extremely well-written storyline, then this book is for you. If you don’t like any of those things, you might be at the wrong blog 😉

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