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The Martian: A Novel by [Weir, Andy]
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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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2547 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804139024
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (11 February 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EMXBDMA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)

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It's a chilling idea: you're stranded and alone on Mars without any form of communication with Earth. What do you do? Lay down and die? Or try to survive and hope for rescue? Mark Watney is in that exact situation and he chooses the latter.

This is an incredibly clever book, filled with calculations and scenarios that make the whole seem plausible. Things like: I don't have enough food. I will grow some. How can I do that on Mars? Do I have -- or can I make -- enough oxygen? Can I establish communication with Earth? If so, how? All of these things are covered in detail which, for me, is both the book's strength and its weakness. On the up side, the detail gives the plot verisimilitude that may otherwise be lacking. On the down side, I personally found the detail a little wearying at times, and that's why I knocked a few stars off my rating.

Many people have described it as un-put-downable. I didn't find it so, but if was very, very far from dull. It's a very clever first novel and it's a hell of a ride. Recommended.
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This is without doubt the best sci-fi book written by an independent author I've read so far. I really enjoyed it from start to finish. It is the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars, presumed dead and left behind by the rest of the crew. Wounded and with few resources, Mark Watney, must find a way to survive in a desert and hostile planet.
The words with which the novel opens delineate the tone immediately. We are faced with the irony of a character that has nothing to lose and finds in himself, also thanks to its scientific expertise, the strength to fight for his own survival.
The story starts with an assumption which is not correct, i.e. a sandstorm has forced the crew to abort the mission. This is impossible given that the Martian atmosphere is so thin that, even in case of strong winds, these are not able to cause any damage, beside covering everything with powder. But this is fiction, not reality.
With the suspension of disbelief the story begins, and from that point on it is a succession of brilliant stunts. Mark is from time to time to face new challenges and find improbable, but not impossible solutions. At the same time you follow the action on Earth, at the mission control, where at the beginning the protagonist is believed to be dead. Here, too, the irony rules. Several times I laughed out loud while reading. The dialogues are withering. Same for the diary of Mark, which is at times hilarious, almost as if the protagonist, trying to deal with fear for his condition, jokes about it, according to a custom typical of American films and TV series.
The result is a really beautiful hard sci-fi novel.
Reading the reviews, I found out that the author has published it in serial form, and only in the end he released the entire novel.
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Not a science fiction fan? Don’t worry there are no space battles or silly Martian little green men stories to wade through. This is a fictitious story in the sense that it hasn't happened Yet!! The story is tight and well thought out, I loved the characters, the dynamics between the crew on board the Hermes service spaceship and those NASA guys back on earth deciding whether a rescue was realistic or not. There is that whole question of what- does- it- mean –to- be- human that is the main theme here. There is no shortage of things to like about this story, the style of writing has a documentary feel to it too with good character development from the main players, the overall result being a good believable story. the real science in this book is the real selling point here. And those of you who have seen the film and looking to read the book will not be disappointed either in the transition from book to film, though there are some minor differences that realy aren't worth mentioning! happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!
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“So that's the situation. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last thirty-one days. If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I'm f*d.”

I wasn't expecting The Martian to be funny but I found myself chuckling surprisingly often. Watney's logs are full of witty wisecracks and good humour, even if it is occasionally juvenile and crude. Mark Watney is an optimist - perhaps the ultimate optimist. No matter the challenges thrown at him - lack of food, an exploding tent, a smashed faceplate, disco music, he just keeps going, solving one problem at a time. Watney's MacGyver-like skill may be a little hard to swallow but I was willing to go with it and believe in him.

“Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.”

The amount of tension was also a surprise, with each setback on Mars, and back on Earth as the rescue effort gets underway, I found myself more and more anxious for Watney. I really wasn't sure if he would or would not survive, but I desperately wanted him to find a way off of the planet and get back home.

"Mars and my stupidity keep trying to kill me."

I have no idea if the science in The Martian is accurate, but I believed Weir anyway, plus this is science fiction so he is allowed plenty of leeway.
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