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The Martian by Andy Weir

9th March 2016

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.

Who should read this book:

  • Anyone who loves reading about space and science
  • Anyone who enjoys space travel and a suspenseful journey type story
  • Anyone who likes a comedic narrator with a different way of talking to the reader.

Who shouldn’t read this book:

  • If you struggle with science chatter and dislike constant talk about that.
  • Long rambling journey quests
  • Unlikely scenarios.

So I listened to this book on a spur of the moment buy on Audible and after hearing so many good things about it.

I have to say I really enjoyed The Martian but I don’t think I would have done if I had actually read it instead of listening it. Which I can’t even believe I’m writing that! I never thought there would be an audiobook that I would even consider as being better than an actual book.

I have to say that at times, and if you’re not into science The Martian is not for you, because there are moments when it kind of engulfs the story and you really have to pay attention to what is happening and why. It was a little overdone and took away from the story for me, without the funny commentary it wouldn’t have worked at all.

I would say the ending of The Martian for me was a let down, without giving anything away I wanted the exact opposite to happen. I was really disappointed with the way the book ended and thought there could have been a little more closure to it.

Saying all of that I couldn’t stop listening to it, and I genuinely looked forward to the little anecdotes and funny little sayings that Mark would litter his log entries with. It made something that could have been super impersonal and boring enjoyable and worthwhile.

I also loved the other side watching the bureaucracy of fighting to rescue him, it was interesting to see the way that the different groups worked together.

Overall I definitely don’t regret picking up this book, but after reading it once I don’t think I would read it again. Not because it was awful or anything like that but I feel like I have gotten everything I can from this book.

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