Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Synopsis: 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 the back of the book)

Review: Few books move me emotionally the way this one did. Chills crawled my arm when they discovered him alive. Watney's humor made me laugh out loud often. And the end - I cried. It's been a long time since a book caught me so close to the heart and made me cry. I cannot recommend this story enough and can guarantee that I will babble incessantly about it to whomever has the misfortune of mentioning this story around me.

Bookmarks: 9 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-0-553-41802-6
Date Finished: 8-6-2015
Pages: 385

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