The Martian by Andy Weir
Published March 22nd, 2013 by Podium Publishing
Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 Winner for Science Fiction
Audiobook; 10 hours, 53 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.36
My rating: ★★★★★
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? [via Goodreads]
Guys! THIS BOOK. I can’t. IT. WAS. EPIC!!
Okay, okay. Let me back up a bit… Mark Watney, astronaut and botanist with quick wit and a sharp tongue finds himself stranded. On Mars, people. Mars. He struggles, first to live through the chaos that aided in him being left behind in the first place, and then through all the other crap Mars and his Mars Life learning curve throw at him.
Basically, Watney has to use every fiber of brain power he’s got to figure out how to stay alive until he can communicate with someone on another planet and after that he has to figure out how to feed himself despite all the math indicating he will run out of food far before a rescue mission can reach him. The result is an insanely well-researched novel full of all of the real things astronauts are expected to know and many more that they’re not. Some reviews I read said that some points were just too technical but, truthfully, that’s what I loved about it. The math: accurate. The chemistry: accurate. The sarcasm: on point. To sum it up, The Martian is science, space, and sarcasm all rolled into a bright red, dust covered ball that makes me want to run out and buy a t-shirt that says “Schiaparelli or bust!”
I checked out this audio book and listened to it during my commute for a little over a week. Then, I became so engrossed in the plot that I also checked out the physical book so I could keep reading when I wasn’t in the car. The bits I read from the physical book were great and funny but the audiobook was hilarious. Read by R.C. Bray, it really packs a punch and the characterization of Watney is spot on. When I discovered midway through the book that it has already been signed and set to be released as a movie in November of 2015 I may have let out a squeal and done a happy dance.
I’m a space nerd, y’all. I love space and I love science so this book was just A+ for me. My brother, who is just as geeky as I am, was also reading it at the same time so it was even more fun to have someone to get excited with. Needless to say, I’ll be there on opening night with my #TeamWatney flag waving!
Andy Weir also wrote a short e-book about the universe called The Egg. Also, I may propose to him soon.