The Martian by Andy Weir: Book Review

The Martian

Obtained: Purchased @ Coles
Pages: 369
Publish date: February 11, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

I bought this book as soon as I was told what it was about, and shortly after, discovered it would be made into a film to be released this year. Well, I haven’t seen the film yet, but I instantly was gripped by the novel’s summary, and I was equally as gripped by every page once I started reading.

The Martian tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut sent up with his team to explore Mars. When the book starts, Watney has just suffered major injuries. His team had to evacuate immediately, but he was thought dead and thus, was left behind. Now Watney has to see how long he can survive on Mars before he can be rescued: he’ll have to stretch his food and water supply, and make sure he has enough oxygen – this is assuming that the harsh Martian environment won’t kill him first.

I was pulled into this novel after reading the first line. If you’ve never read this book, go take a look at the first line in your local bookstore. If after that you aren’t immediately curious, I don’t know what to tell you.

The thing that I loved most about The Martian was honestly the writing style and the characterization of Mark Watney. There is a lot of math and science in this book – it’s very technical as Watney determines how long he can survive given his current resources. I enjoyed the technicality, but I can see where those sections may be a dry read for some people. The best thing was Watney’s sarcastic sense of humour that leveled out all the science. Even if science fiction isn’t you thing, like it is mine, you’ll find Watney a very entertaining protagonist to read about.

This is definitely one of my favourite books of all time – easily. It’s smart, funny, and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time with suspense.

Basically, what are you doing if you haven’t been reading this book?

The Martian is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.


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