The Martian

A Novel

Weir, Andy

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"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?" -- from publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York, N. Y. : Crown, [2014], c2011
ISBN: 9780804139021
0804139024
Branch Call Number: SF WEIR 2014
Characteristics: 369 p. :,map ;,24 cm

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Excellent hard SF. “Robinson Crusoe” story but

very plausible. Main character is witty without feeling forced. Focused more on action driven

than inner character development. Protagonist is an astronaut accidentally stranded on

Mars. He must use his wits and whatever the expedition has... Read More »

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 e... Read More »

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.

An action packed tale of a man stranded on Mars. 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.


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Mar 16, 2015
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am not a huge sci-fi fan but I decided to give this book a try. At first my eyes were glazing over when the main character was talking about releasing hydrogen molecules from hydrazine but the novel quickly moves beyond this necessary part of the story to become an amazing realistic read. I felt like I was reading the diary of an actual astronaut who had been stranded on Mars. Highly recommended!

Feb 26, 2015
  • LPL_PolliK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don't typically read Sci-Fi, and I tore through this book in an evening. Stranded on Mars, racing against the clock - I was THERE - with a main character who made me laugh in the face of danger. I have recommended this to everyone!

Feb 22, 2015
  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Terrific can't-stop-reading sci-fi page turner! Written in such a casual manner that it almost reads like an event that actually happened. As I read it I often thought to myself "I can't wait for the movie!"

Feb 14, 2015
  • samdog123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Probably one of the most fun sci-fi books I've ever read. You wouldn't think so from the plot line. Astronaut left behind on Mars by accident must survive until the next mission comes in 4 years. Wait though, Mark Watney is no ordinary guy--he's tenacious, clever and has an unfailing sense of humour. A botanist and engineer, his will to survive is strong. His equipment modifications and determination to keep himself fed by growing potatoes is something you will admire and you will root for him throughout the book. This book will be made into a movie and I will be lining up for my ticket!

Feb 12, 2015
  • zipread rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Martian --- by --- Andy Weir. A totally amazing book I read straight through --- non-stop (well, I took out a couple of hours for night time. The book is that absorbing. With a name like “The Martian”, is it Science Fiction you might add? Well it is very credibly science, or at least engineering based. Is it fiction? For sure. But it’s an entirely credibly kind of fiction. All the premises upon which the novel is based are not particularly far-fetched --- not when you consider men landed on the moon over half a century ago and we’ve taken pictures even of Pluto.
The story: Mark is part of a six-person team that has gone to Mars. A terrible accident forces the abandonment of the mission leaving Mark behind for dead with a length of tubing protruding his body and his spacesuit. Miraculously, though, Marc isn’t dead. Totally cut off from Earth, Mark has to figure out a way to get back there. Resourcefulness is the name of the rest of the tale. So is never losing hope or faith.
Realistic. Credible. Gripping. It’s the book you can’t put down. It’s the book that will have seemed too short.

Jan 23, 2015
  • bibliovore rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This isn't the type of book I'd normally enjoy, but Weir's command of his subject matter and his deft characterizations made it a page-turner for me. Lots of technical parts but they're treated with a light hand, so they move the story along rather than bog it down. Loved this one!

Jan 18, 2015
  • armstp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Impressive storytelling! It's obvious Andy Weir understands the technical specifics behind his story. Rather than bog it down, they enhance its credibility. It also helps that the characters are recognizable, believable, and generally likable.

Jan 08, 2015
  • euclide rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. MacGiver on Mars. Very funny and a lot of science and chemistry explanation.
Best scifi book read since a long of time.
I really enjoyed the sarcastic humor.

Jan 04, 2015
  • pamirvine rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoy a book that pulls me in and makes me want to be part of the story. I was really rooting for Watney to survive. If you like lots of science in your science fiction them you will find this a very satisfying read.

Jan 03, 2015

This is a non stop book with plot curves, a character you wish you coud be like and hopes to one day see this made into a movie. I want to read more by this author.

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Jul 26, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hell yeah I'm a botanist1 Fear my botany powers!"

"Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving it at a different rate and you need to find out when it will be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the 'Mark Watney doesn't' project I'm working on."

Jul 06, 2014
  • donnamswan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped."

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