Genre: Science Fiction
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?
Ok now I rarely read sci-fi but this is pretty amazing. there were some scientific inaccuracies (that I read from my college’s monthly science magazine HAHA) but overall the plot was awesome, filled with suspense and drama. I spent many nights wondering if Watney will make it, when I should have been working on my thesis.
I’m glad I picked this up with my boyfriend, it’s our first readalong and it’s the most fun I’ve had buddy-reading with someone else 😀 We’ll watch the movie next, cause YES TO MATT DAMON!
But one very important discovery I made with this book was: Watney’s optimism and perspective on survival is just AMAZING and so inspiring. Sure it was all fictional but the story wasn’t as depressing and sad as I thought it would be. And maybe, it’s time to change my materials to more positive reads like this. Personally, I have been reading too much ‘depressing’ books and it can take a toll on you without realising it you know?
So thanks Andy Weir, for showing me that whatever shit I find myself in, there’s always a ‘Watney’ way to survive it 🙂