I have finally finished The Martian by Andy Weir and not because it was painfully difficult to read but sadly because the real world intervened for a bit and kept me from reading this awesome book all day long. I am happy to share that this book will not disappoint.
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? (read more on GoodReads)
Mark Watney the main character/martian was very entertaining throughout a book which takes place on a planet where there is literally nothing but his NASA hab home and absolutely no other living soul. You may wonder what on earth (or Mars, hahaha) is there to read about then, well all kinds of stuff happens to this poor astronaut in addition to being left behind (by accident) on Mars. Mark is funny and ingenious in his pursuit to stay alive. I really enjoyed it and learnt a bit too, actually. There was a lot of research that went into this book I think and its detail really makes a difference. I highly recommend this book. It’s action, adventure, suspense, and real life funny. What more can I say?