Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir



From Amazon.com:

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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Plot summary in a nutshell? Castaway on Mars.

I finally managed to track down Andy Weir's The Martian at my local library. I picked this book up a few times at the bookstore, but I just wasn't sure if I was willing to pay for a book that may or may not be too jargon filled. While I was at the library on Thursday evening, I decided to see if their copy was available. The regular copy wasn't, but there was a large print edition, so I scooped it up.

Though I enjoyed the book, I kept seeing cinematic intent behind every plot move. And, yes, it is being made into a movie. It was a fun read and good escapism, though, so if you are looking for an exciting summer read, this one might be for you. Personally, I love survival stories, so, even though I see the dollar signs for the movie version, I still had a good experience with it.

This book is a relatively fast read. Yes, there is a lot of "science speak" in it (obviously...it is SciFi), but I didn't find it hard to understand or disruptive to my reading experience. On Goodreads, I gave it a 3/5 stars, only for predictability. But that being said, it didn't ruin my fun, and I am still glad I decided to read it.

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