I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Martian on August 18, 2015
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?--andyweirauthor.com
Having read one of Andy Weir’s short stories in Press Start to Play, I knew that going into this it was going to be something that I love. The Martian follows Watney, who has recently been left behind on Mars after a huge storm hit. His crew members all left, as they suspected his was dead since he was hit out of the way. Come to find out, Watney is actually still alive and he learns to survive by himself. The story follows him as he struggles to stay alive in order to communicate with and make it back on Earth.
Maybe I’ll post a customer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”
Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person. What do you know? I’m in command.
It’s true, you know. In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.
I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.
If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.
They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially “colonized” it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!