Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seth's review of The Martian by Andy Weir

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?

Seth's Thoughts:
Have you ever wondered how MacGyver would survive on Mars shortly after being left for dead? No? Well this book does a fairly good job at describing it. 

Enter Mark Watney. Equal parts engineer, agronomist, and Bear Grylls/insert your own favorite survivalist. 
I began reading this book with a little bit of apprehension because I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I mean, I like sci-fi and I like survival stories. This is one of the first books I’ve read that combine the two into something that doesn’t seem entirely far fetched. I guess technically it’s not exactly science fiction per se. More along the lines of science we have yet to apply. I read this book quite some time ago in one setting and I apologize for the late review. I really really liked it. You’ll be flipping the pages one after another to find out how he deals with problems that continually develop on Mars. Lack of food, human interaction, entertainment, soil to grow food, air, water. You name it. The things adding up to kill this guy seem ridiculous. Will he survive? You won’t find out until you read it. I sincerely hope you do as it’s about one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Yes, it’s true I don’t read many books, but don’t let that deter you. I assure you dear readers, that I have a fairly good taste in what I read. It’s available for the fairly reasonable price of ten dollars on Amazon. 

Seth gives The Martian: 4/5.

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Seth and I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Neither Seth nor I were compensated in any way for this review.

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