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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.
Book/Author: The Martian by Andy Weir
Publication Information: Self-published 2011. Traditionally published, February 11th 2014 by Crown
Page Count: 369
Date Completed: January 2nd – 4th 2016
Perspective(s): First and third person (Past tense)
Hey everyone! GUYS. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. I really haven’t read a book that I read slowly just because I want to make it last in a long time. It was such a good story. The characters were fantastic, the comedy, the action EVERYTHING. It in a way kind of reminded me of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, the story isn’t at all similar but the intense parts brought me back to freaking out while I was reading that book. I LOVED IT.
So, the main idea of this book is that there was a group of astronauts that went to Mars on a 30 day mission. Six days into the mission there’s a huge sandstorm so they are forced to leave Mars, in all the chaos, they thought that the main character, Mark, died so they had to leave without him. HE DIDN’T DIE. HOW TERRIFYING WOULD THAT BE?
If you think a guy stranded on Mars wouldn’t be funny, you would be wrong. His sense of humor is pretty much exactly mine so I was dying of laughter like every ten pages! Mark is so smart, it never felt like it was unrealistic, after all, he is an astronaut.
The writing was really good as well. It switches between Mark’s log entries which are first person and to NASA which is in third person, and I never got confused or thought it disrupted the flow of the story. Andy gives the readers credit for being smart so he doesn’t explain everything, especially the stuff that should be obvious (I see that in a lot of books and it frustrates me to no end). Some of the sciency stuff went over my head at first but quickly I was able to catch on.
I really do think this is going to be a new favorite. I’m going to have to reread Wonder but this is either going to be my second or third favorite book of all time. So, I’m going to leave you here with that. I don’t want to spoil you so leave now if you haven’t read the book because I’m going to be talking about all the spoilers and stuff. Read the book, come back and we can talk okay?
I will now be discussing the book so leave now if you do not want to be spoiled.
Mark is hilarious! I was so surprised by how funny he is because I heard it was funny but I didn’t think he was going to be the type of humor I like. At some points I was like “Eeh, that didn’t have to be in there…” but most of the time I was cracking up at Mark’s comments.
In the trailer it looks like Mark’s logs are in video form. The book makes it sound like he is writing out the logs but in the movie it looks like they’re videos. HOW COOL IS THAT, AN ASTRONAUT VLOGGING!!
The whole potato thing was such a good idea. I mean, if anyone else was stranded on Mars they would have died because they aren’t botanists, but because Mark was one he was able to survive that way. SO COOL. Bahaha, I love the part where Mark was like “I AM THE BEST BOTANIST ON THE PLANET!” It’s kind of embarrassing how long it took me to get that. I was like, “What? *five minutes later* Oh, he’s on Mars. AHAHAHAHAHAHA!”
Who else thought he was going to die when he exploded out of the airlock and flew like half way across Mars? I was like “No! The rest of this book is going to be people finding dead Mark blown to smithereens!” But he’s Mark Watney, the Chuck Norris of Mars. NOTHING WILL KILL HIM!
I was so impressed by this character. He has so many problems that he’s like, “Oh, here’s a problem… Figured it out!” which is understandable because he has so much time on his own to think and solve those problems, but still… My Snapchat story was filled with so many pictures captioned “I WANNA BE MARK.” it wasn’t even funny.
Then this line came… “Each crewman had their own laptop. So I have six at my disposal. Rather, I had six. Now I have five. I thought a laptop would be fine outside. It’s just electronics, Right? It’ll keep warm enough to operate in short term, and it doesn’t need air for anything.
It died instantly. The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid”. I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.””
When Mark finally got in contact with NASA I was almost about to jump up in down in my seat. GAH! IT WAS GREAT. I’m still a little confused about how they were able to do the ASCII to tell him how to fix the Pathfinder. I mean, that must have taken forever to spell out all the instructions. Maybe I was just missing something.
So then there was a sandstorm. Mark was, of course, a genius in figuring out which way the storm was moving. It was so smart of him to put the solar panels in three different places and see which one gets the most light. I guess you get smarter when you are training to be an astronaut… or maybe suddenly your brain gets more creative when you’re about to starve to death on Mars…
So then something explodes (I forget what) and all his precious potato crops die! GAHHHHHHH! Seriously, Andy Weir must have been like “How can we frustrate the readers to no end this time?!” Though, once it happened I was kicking myself for not realizing that it was going to happen earlier. Nothing is going well for Mark, why should his source of food go well for him too? Because that would make the whole mission a lot easier, and we all know that Mark was destined to have the worst luck on Mars.
I was laughing way too hard at this: “I pressed the rectangle of suit material into the helmet with both hands while using my knee to keep pressure on the arm’s seam.
I held on until I’d counted 120 seconds. Just to be sure.
It seemed to work well. The seal looked strong and the resin was rock-hard. I did, however, glue my hand to the helmet.
Stop laughing.” To some people, this might sound really cocky of the author to assume that the readers are laughing, but to me, it was like the best thing ever.
At the end when he makes it to the MAV and gets in contact with NASA and they tell him he needs to take the glass shield off the spaceship thing and Mark’s like “YOU KIDDIN’ ME?!” “Admittedly they are very invasive modifications, but they must be done.” “You’re sending me up into space in a convertible.” “There will be a Hab canvas covering the holes.” “So it’s a ragtop, much better.” Did NASA really not see the HAB canvas staying intact? Anyone with any knowledge about what was happening on Mars would know what that canvas has been through, did they seriously not see it ripping?!
So he gets up into orbit with a hole in his spaceship. Mark’s too far away to get to the Hermes crew so he’s like “I could poke a hole in the hand of my suit and use the escaping air as a thruster to fly my way to you.” And they’re like “How does he come up with this? No! It’s too dangerous, you can’t see behind you. What are you going to do, eyeball it? We’ll keep working on ideas.” and Mark’s like “Iron Man, commander, Iron Man.” THIS SCENE. YES.
I was really scared for Mark because when I got to page 340 I could see how many pages there were left. There were only like 20 pages! How do you wrap up a story in 20 pages when your main character hasn’t been saved?! The answer that came to mind was that you kill him. THAT WAS MY WORST FEAR. I am so glad that it just ended when he got on the ship. I was seriously so concerned he was going to die attempting to be Iron Man.
The last page of this book was so inspirational, I heard it brings faith back into humanity but really, it makes you be like “Aw, we aren’t that bad, right?” Just. GAH. This book. I loved it. Every time that he succeeded at something I was so excited. It really felt like Mark was on Mars and like it was actually happening. It was so exciting!
Only a few pages into the book I knew it was going to be a favorite and it was. The book was hilarious, it was scientific it was fantastic! I am so excited to watch the movie now because I think it’s going to be a good adaptation. If you’ve gotten this far, you better have read it, so tell me what you thought of the book! Thanks for reading!