The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favorite books. I read it last year (back before I started this blog) and loved it. I even put it in my favorites for 2014 (which was my very first post). And, since the movie comes out today – I’m so excited! – I decided it was time for a reread. I was pleased to discover that The Martian is one of those rare books that is just as good the second time around. I’m sure I will be returning to this book many more times. So, in honor of the movie release, I thought I’d review The Martian, since I didn’t get a chance to the first time around.
Astronaut Mark Watney is the most famous man on Earth. Problem is, he’s not actually on Earth. He’s on Mars. After being stranded after his crew presumed him dead, Mark has to figure out how to survive on a different planet. Or he’ll become the first man to die on Mars. He has no way to contact Earth , enough food to last just over a year, and a shelter designed to last thirty-one days. The next mission to Mars isn’t scheduled to arrive for another four years. And as the movie trailer says, “help is only 140 million miles away.” The odds are against him, but Watney might just be smart enough to overcome them.
This book is amazing! The story is great. The writing is incredible. And Andy Weir somehow manages to strike the perfect balance between suspense and humor. I honestly didn’t know whether or not Watney was going to survive until I got to the last page. All the twists and turns will kept me glued to the pages (even the second time, when I knew what was going to happen). But I also laughed out loud several times while reading this book. Watney/Weir’s humor is brilliant! I was hooked from the first sentence; “I’m pretty much fucked.” It’s just an all-around extraordinary book!
I’m really tempted to give The Martian six out of five stars. It’s just that good! If you haven’t read it yet (even if you’re not into sci-fi), I would highly recommend picking it up – both the actual book and the audiobook are excellent.
You can buy The Martian here in hardcover, paperback, ebook, or audiobook – if you’re into audiobooks, I highly recommend this one!