The Martian is a survival story that’s….out of this world. Literally. Mark Watney is left on Mars after a mission goes wrong, and his crew mates assume there was no hope for his survival. Turns out, they’re in for quite the surprise, because Mark somehow did survive, and continues to do everything he can to save his own life.
Very science-y at first, The Martian was a little bit hard to get into for me. I eventually fell into the pattern of the writing and Mark Watney’s personality, thinking that it would keep the story afloat, which it did. As someone who pretty much never reads science fiction, this was way out of the realm of what I usually like, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I do have to say though, that even though Mark’s happy go lucky, “aw shucks I’m trapped on Mars” attitude made the book easier to read, it also made the whole experience seem less real. Mark never seemed too concerned, just watching Three’s Company as he went, no big deal. But if someone was really writing about being trapped on Mars, I would think it would sound just a little bit more urgent? Then again, what do I know, I’m just someone down here on Earth.
Andy Weir’s much buzzed-about sci-fi/comedy debut was super well received last year, when it seemed it was always being reviewed or talked about or both. It’s since won a Goodreads Choice Award and been adapted to a film starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, no small feat, especially considering The Martian was originally self published.
The Martian might not be perfect for everyone, but if you’re looking for a quick read, or a fun sci-fi book, definitely give this one a try!