The Martian

Remember in my NASA post how I said I had recently read Andy Weir’s The Martian? Well I did! And it was good. So good in fact that I wanted to tell you all about it.

Do you like books where the main characters get stranded on deserted islands or in other deserted places and have to survive? I do!

Do you like sci-fi? I do!

The Martian combines both! Mark Watney is on a mission to Mars when everything goes terribly wrong. Suddenly, he is stranded on the red planet with limited supplies and no way to contact anyone to let them know he’s still alive. In a world where literally leaving his shelter without a spacesuit and an oxygen tank could kill him, Mark has to find a way to survive until the next mission to Mars arrives.

Wowza. So if that thrilling premise doesn’t have you hooked (I was), then maybe the fact that the author clearly knows a thing or two about space will. Weir knows his stuff. He has Mark explain in detail all the plans he puts into action to survive, and while I’m not a scientist so I can’t fact check them (although a lot of what Weir included was talked about in the video we saw at NASA sooo), all the plans sounded very legitimate. The science behind the technology is explained as is the biology behind when Mark tries to grow his own food source.

I definitely would recommend this book. I zipped through it in just a few days, and actually stayed up until I was falling asleep reading (and I haven’t found a book that I’ve been that invested in in a while). I’ve also heard they’ve made a movie version? So now’s the time to read the book before the movie is released!

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