I did it, I finally finished The Martian by Andy Weir and as expected, I loved it. Everyone raved about it to me when I told them it was on my TBR and I see why. Holy cow.
A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man’s struggle to survive.
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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.
But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet. – Goodreads
Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.39/5 stars
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Background. As the synopsis informs you, the story follows Mark Watney through his journey of trying to survive on Mars after a freak accident forces his crew mates to abandon what they thought was their long-dead crew member Watney. Watney struggles with the fact that he only has enough food to survive for close to a year, which isn’t even close to the four-year time frame of the next Ares mission that will make their way to Mars.
Pros. What a hell of a story! That’s it, I’ve decided that space-based sci-fi is my favorite. I love it because it could totally be possible to me, since I don’t have the first clue about space. I loved everything about this book, from the characters to the writing style. I felt fully-immersed in the story at all times!
I was very happy that Weir added the different POV elements to the story. I did find myself getting pretty bored with Watney’s journal entries every day. I mean, I think that’s the point, it’s boring in Mars by yourself. So yes, I’m glad that we got to see what NASA was working on with Watney in the dark about the goings-on.
The characters felt so real to me. I want to know more about Dr. Kapoor and the rest of the crew members of the Ares 3 mission. I even grew attached to Mindy and all the snark that she accumulated through the year. The level of sass that this book has is right at the perfect level for me.
Also, let me tell you… I so cried like a big baby at the ending. How could you be human and not. I had so much adrenaline and anxiety built up in me from the retrieval mission that I just had to have some sort of outlet and crying it was.
Cons. I really don’t have anything to say in this category. I mean, yeah, the math crap did get old and boring after a while. However, I do not think that the book would have felt as genuine had the math and other ramblings of Mark Watney not been included in the journal.
Overall. There’s a reason so many people love this book and I can now officially agree with them. This book is everything that I wanted and everything that I didn’t know I needed. It was the perfect mix of action and drama for me and I couldn’t/wouldn’t change a single thing about this book. I’m totally down for more books in this series and checking out some of the other characters because they were all so damn interesting! 5/5 stars all the way!
Have you read The Martian? What did you think of it? Let me know below!