Book: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
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? -Goodreads
Review: I must admit I was a little afraid to read this book. When almost every one of my friends rates a book 5 stars, my expectations become so high the book in question almost always becomes a disappointment. I'm happy to say that was not the case here. 'The Martian' is a survival tale. Astronaut Mark Waney is an engineer/botanist who is stranded on Mars. This book was written in dual narrative and Waney's sections were journal entries. I fully admit I am not a science person-I found most of his sections repetitive and devoid of emotion. He found a problem, he might die, he fixed it. Rinse and repeat. I never once felt any sort of danger for his well being (reading his sections) because he was such a Mac Gyver/Michael Weston I knew he'd escape/survive whatever happened. He did have a dry sense of humor which I liked. What I loved about the book were the NASA sections-wow, they were fantastic. Weir really did his research and brought Mission Control and the politics and people of NASA to life.
This was a super fun read, I highly recommend! (and the movie looks great, can't wait to see it)