Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.
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?
Completely. Amazing. I bought this book the day it came out and why I waited until just now to read it is unfathomable and totally my loss.
If everyone had the optimism of Mark Watney, no doubt the world would be a better place. I just loved this guy and if I’m ever stranded on Mars – or just stranded on an interstate somewhere – I’d want Mark with me. His humor, intelligence, indomitable spirit, and ingenuity got him through a situation in which most people would have just asked for the Kool-Aid and called it a day. If something had the potential to go wrong, even a fraction of a percentage point, it would happen to Mark. One of my favorite quotes in this book that made me laugh out loud – “Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.” Tell me you can’t identify with that statement to some capacity.
Yes, there was a lot of science in this book and no, I certainly didn’t understand everything, but that had no bearing on enjoying this novel. Between Mark’s journal entries and a glimpse into what was going on with NASA on Earth, the reader is given better insight into Mark’s situation and the dangers he faces, whether he is aware of them or not. I’m not exaggerating when I say my heart rate was above normal for the last thirty pages or so of this book – it was that good.
Read this book. I can’t recommend it enough.