The Martian
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The Martian

by Andy Weir
Release date: September 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Note! This novel was originally self-published in September 2012. It was later published by Crown in February 2014.

Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

(updated 2017-01-17)

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Bob Milne avatar
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While I picked up the ARC of this several months ago, I almost didn't bother to give it a read. The "Apollo 13 meets Cast Away" tagline sounded interesting, but it also left me wondering just how Andy Weir was going to pull it off. After all, both of those movies succeeded largely based on the charisma of Tom Hanks (which can't exactly be captured on the page), and the true story element of Apollo 13 was responsible for much of that story's dramatic tension. A fellow reviewer tossed MacGyver ... (more)
Booknan the Bookuser avatar
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I give this book one star for every heart attack I had while reading it...boy, what a ride! This book is awesome and I'm seriously crushing hard on Mark Watney right now. You should all read it because it is so fucking cool and you'll learn stuff about space and shit, and maybe you'll become interested in all the things NASA are doing and grow up to be an astronaut and I think that is important, okay?! I want humankind to have the stars, and this book, along with the movie, might just be ... (more)
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