The Martian

A Novel

Weir, Andy

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Martian
"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. 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780553418026
Characteristics: 369 pages :,map ;,24 cm


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Jan 23, 2015
  • bibliovore rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This isn't the type of book I'd normally enjoy, but Weir's command of his subject matter and his deft characterizations made it a page-turner for me. Lots of technical parts but they're treated with a light hand, so they move the story along rather than bog it down. Loved this one!

Jan 18, 2015
  • armstp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Impressive storytelling! It's obvious Andy Weir understands the technical specifics behind his story. Rather than bog it down, they enhance its credibility. It also helps that the characters are recognizable, believable, and generally likable.

Jan 08, 2015
  • euclide rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. MacGiver on Mars. Very funny and a lot of science and chemistry explanation.
Best scifi book read since a long of time.
I really enjoyed the sarcastic humor.

Jan 04, 2015
  • pamirvine rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoy a book that pulls me in and makes me want to be part of the story. I was really rooting for Watney to survive. If you like lots of science in your science fiction them you will find this a very satisfying read.

This is a non stop book with plot curves, a character you wish you coud be like and hopes to one day see this made into a movie. I want to read more by this author.

Dec 28, 2014
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book that at numerous times I stayed up WAY too late reading. I loved the way that you couldn't predict where it was going. I also loved the explanation of science and chemistry in it - although it requires a little suspension of your disbelief to enjoy.

Dec 22, 2014
  • omaciel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The language used for this book is probably not what you would expect from a SciFi book that won the Best of 2014 prize from GoodReads and NPR, but I guess the author wanted to reach out to a younger audience. Either way, it was a good read with very plausible science behind every little thing that the main character did throughout the story. Overall, it was an easy and fun read!

Dec 12, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Heard good things about this, but have to disagree with most of the commentators. The main problem with this book is how poorly written it is. The bio of Andy Weir describes him as a "space nerd" with a background in computer programming and, not to sound like a snob, it's clear that has little experience writing fiction. The narrator's voice is glib and annoying, like something you'd read on an internet message board. Typical statements are "In your face, Neil Armstrong!" and "Gay probe coming to save me." The plot is also overly familiar, drawing more from films than sci-fi lit: "Apollo 13," "Castaway," "Armageddon," "Gravity," and the 60s movie "Robinson Crusoe on Mars," which could've been the title of this.

The writing focuses a lot on the "how-to" of staying alive on Mars, so folks who like engineering or figuring things out with number will probably like it. Good twists and turns. And I like most any book where NASA plays a big role.

Nov 16, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_AmandaG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel was fascinating! The characters and the story were great. I had a hard time putting the book down, because I just had to know how it would all end. Surprising for me, I even loved the sciency parts, I didn't understand like half of it, but it was really cool.

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Jul 26, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hell yeah I'm a botanist1 Fear my botany powers!"

"Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving it at a different rate and you need to find out when it will be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the 'Mark Watney doesn't' project I'm working on."

Jul 06, 2014
  • donnamswan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped."


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