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The Martian
The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
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 -...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553418026
ISBN-10: 0553418025
Publication Date: 10/28/2014
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 129 ratings
Publisher: Broadway Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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xedr avatar reviewed The Martian on
Helpful Score: 7
This is the diary of an astronaut that gets stranded on Mars in the not-too-distant future. Working from only the limited resources one might realistically expect to find themselves with in such a situation, can he survive long enough to be rescued? It's a provocative question, and the author is ruthless in his presentation of the difficulties. Our hero pushes his knowledge of physics, chemistry, and biology to the limits, but will it be enough? Obviously, there is limited dialogue, but the author nevertheless presents a very readable story with suitable doses of humor, suspense, and tragedy. The apparent rigor in this story makes it readily applicable to real life (should you ever find yourself stranded on Mars). I loved it, and I can't wait for the author's next work.
fog avatar reviewed The Martian on + 121 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Some may find the science descriptions a little too in depth but when read with Mark's (the title character)sarcastic humor it all fits in nicely. The ability of Mark to overcome all the problems he is faced with keep the story line moving at a brisk pace.
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reviewed The Martian on + 34 more book reviews
Great book! I loved the diary writing style and it flows well when we go back to the people not on Mars with Watley. It does get a little bogged down with technical descriptions, but not overly much. Humor keeps the diary entries light and makes the book move quickly. Glad my book club had this as a selection option or I would have missed it!
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4.5 out of 5 stars: There were a few moments that kept it from being perfect, but overall a very well written book. Enough science to make it feel like Heinlein, but not so much it felt like I was being beaten over the head.
beachnbooks avatar reviewed The Martian on + 70 more book reviews
This was a great read! For the most part it's in a "audio log" format but this really pulls you into the story. You have to admire the inventiveness of the author in how he has his character work through the myriad of problems encountered and, for me, it was very believable. Each person experiences a story differently but this is one I will be wholeheartedly recommending to my friends.

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Mark Watney (Primary Character)
Venkat Kapoor (Major Character)
Annie (Average Character)
Teddy (Average Character)
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