Heads up, I am exhausted as I type this review. So sorry if its short, but I just had to immediately get all my feelings out about a certain book I just read called, “The Martian”. I’m sure you know this by now, but The Martian is a science fiction thriller written by Andy Weir about a man named Mark Watney who, by horrible circumstances, becomes trapped on the planet Mars with no way of getting home or communicating with Nasa to let them know he’s still alive. Are you hooked yet?!
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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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? (via Goodreads)
I found out about The Martian when quite a few people did and that was when the first trailer launched. (Heehee.) The trailer was stunning and I knew I needed to add this book to my TBR list ASAP. Fast forward a few weeks and I finally finished it in about 2-3 days. I will say this from the start, please read it! The Martian was definitely one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. Especially because I normally tend to stick to YA. The story of Mark Watney is all fiction, but while reading, it feels so real, as if you were actually watching a livefeed of Mark’s life on television as this all unfolded. I felt nervous, tense, and most of all, stressed while reading this book, which is a great feeling to have while reading. (This sounded better in my head.) Andy has a way with words and makes you feel as if you’re Mark himself or that you’re his chance of hope in a way. As the reader, you want to keep reading and reading, trying to find out how the hell he’ll get off Mars.
The whole story idea is so fascinating to me! Andy uses loads of scientific terms in the book, but it never feels like its too much for your average reader. It all makes sense and actually makes it more interesting and WAY more realistic. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. I’m so glad I picked this up and started. Trust me, I’m sure you’ll love it too. It’s not only a sci-fi/thriller, The Martian also incorporates humor! The humor is pretty funny, I will give it that. Basically, pick this book up ASAP and go a short (for us) adventure throughout Mars and see how a man takes all the odds that are against him and crushes them. It’s worth every second.
[Side note: I did see the movie! Sadly, it fell flat for me. Ridley Scott did an amazing job with the film, as usual, but the film itself, while entertaining, just felt rushed to me. More so I was just disappointed. I loved some thing, disliked others. But with that being said, I’d still recommend seeing it. It’s a fun space adventure full of thrills!]