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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
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 117 ratings
Publisher: Broadway Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
To paraphrase the character Birdie in "All About Eve": "What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at his rear end." This is an entertaining read, but somewhat exhausting. All right, not as exhausting as being marooned on another planet, but still...

Although probably integral to the story, I found all the minute details about detaching airlock seals, how many liters of this or that, and the descriptions of everything Watney does tiresome. I found myself skimming almost as much in this book as I used to in any Stephen King book.

Thankfully a good part of the 300+ pages is spent away from Watney, which was a nice break from having to remember what the RTG, OMS, et al meant. It's a quick read and picturing Matt Damon as the hero made it more more fun.
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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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