Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir #Scifi

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?

 

Review by Melissa Snark

This was a fantastic read. I loved the dry humor throughout and it hit every target for appealing characters and a suspenseful read. This is the kind of book that should be used to define a “page turner”. As an author, I noticed how the author broke just about every rule in the book on switching POVs. Zoomed into first, then dialed out to a omniscient second person, then onto third person. Yet, he made it work and with spectacular success.

I love science fiction and it’s rare to encounter a book with this much actual science. Not only does the story seem plausible to the reader but the science reads as real also. The hero’s predicament wasn’t so far out and fantastic that it eluded suspension of disbelief. The author must have done a tremendous amount of research. For me, it was a bit too much because I tended to glaze over during the really technical parts/descriptions. However, the engaging protagonist and the dire uncertainty of his fate kept me reading.

 

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