I had never heard of this book before I saw the trailer for the movie, and like any person who is obsessed with books I had to read the book before I go and see a movie. So after a quick trip to my nearest book store (Waterstones) I came out with Armada and The Martian, I saw the trailer and I instantly feel in love with the trailer which hopefully means I am going to love the book just as much.
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.
Taken From Goodreads
So this is a Sci-Fi book and if you have been following this book for anymore than a week you will know I absolutely love anything Sci-Fi, so you can bet I was very excited to read this book and from the reviews (just the stars, I barely check actual book reviews until I have either read the book or written the review) I had high hopes for this being great. Guess what it was.
I got about 100 pages into this book before I fell in love, it has got everything I love in a Sci-Fi novel, facts about space and different planets, a chance that the main character will die and does so in a lot of different ways and best of all humour. I love humour in a Sci-Fi books, so I am so happy that it was in this book. However the way the humour is in this book is really simple and it is something that just about every human would do in normal situation but Watney (Main Character) does it in a life and death situation.
While reading this, I don’t think I have ever liked a character more in such a small amount of time in any book ever. All my other character I love are all in series and it took me a few books to be able to like them as much as I like Mark Watney, he is smart, funny and everyone loves him and I can see why. This just shows how amazing Andy Weir did on making Mark such a loveable character and I have yet to see a person who I have spoken to about this book say anything expect how much they love him.
Now onto how Andy described Mars, lets say if I closed my eyes in a silent room I would be imagining being on mars myself. Yes that is how much of a good job Andy did with this book. Not only was that but the amount of facts that where placed into this book where amazingly and after a while I couldn’t even tell what a fact as everything just fit so well into the book that I took everything that Andy said as fact.
Another part of the book that I loved is how the book was not only set from the point view of Mark but it was also set from different people from NASA. This made me love this book so much more because, we got to see what was happening to Mark on a planet that only 18 people have ever been on before, and before communication could be done because of how smart Mark is they couldn’t do anything to help and you can tell how bad they feel about what is happening to him and will do anything to help him.
Overall this book is bloody amazing and I do recommended you read this even if you aren’t into Sci-Fi because you will love Mark and you will want to follow him on his journey. It is just a great book and if it wasn’t for Ready Player One this book would be my all-time favourite.