The Martian

Paperback, 384 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2015 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
978-1-78503-113-7
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OCLC Number:
941904674

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4 stars (802 reviews)

I’m stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.

--back cover

75 editions

Can do

4 stars

I went in with the understanding this was a book about a bunch of whatif science problems so enjoyed it. The author did a good job of keeping things moving forward without getting too bogged down in detail. The structure of the story meant the protagonist was maybe the most upbeat superhuman I’ve met so it there was no emotional stakes but that was by design.

Very scientific and technical book

5 stars

I finished the book in two days. It’s great. You will especially enjoy it if you’re interested in detailed explanations of how stuff works on Mars (farming, orbital dynamics, making water, fixing and tinkering with all the tools and machinery, etc). There isn’t a lot of emotions involved in large sections of the book, so don’t expect it. This makes sudden jokes hit very hard though. There are emotional moments and the book will keep you at the edge of your seat.

A fairly realistic near-future hard #scifi story about survival on #Mars

4 stars

Probably boring if you're not interested in the technical problems involved in being stranded on Mars as those make up most of the book but for someone like me who is interested in the exploration of Mars and everything to do with space in general this is a great hard Sci-Fi story set in the near future.

The writing could be much better, I wish there was more of backstory to how Watney became a person able to survive so well in a situation like this (nothing really explains it to me) and not everything is beliveable to me but the overall concept and most of the details are solid. Wil Wheaton's narration of the audiobook edition was good but not perfect.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

One of the best books I’ve read in years

5 stars

I loved this book, as did my two teenage boys. So this is a book that can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages. The book has a rip-roaring story and the protagonist frequently uses science to solve problems (which I liked) while making snide comments (which my kids liked). It’s really plot driven with minimal character development, but that’s OK for this book. The movie they made out of it isn’t bad, either. Recommend very strongly for science, sci-fi, and adventure story lovers.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir

Fun read.

4 stars

And probably at least semi realistic? Didn't like it as much as Project Hail Mary by the same author. This sorta read as a sequence of "oh crap, another thing went wrong" problems, followed by solutions. I'm certain this is realistic - or even still overly optimistic, given what they were surviving through - but kinda made for an overly long, repetitive narrative. I suspect this is part of why they cut some of these out of the movie (and to save time, but also it got repetitive). Nevertheless, a fun read if you enjoy sci-fi that sticks close to contemporary science.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The Martian is my favourite science fiction novel of all time, not only because its ingenuity in keeping the reader on the edge, but also because of how "down-to-Mars" it is regarding scientific accuracy. Having started to read this novel, I just couldn't put it down for a second, and kept thinking about the plot during meal breaks. The Martian is fantastic, and I do not regret a second of reading it.

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