December 5, 2017
“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonized’ it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!” ― Andy Weir, The Martian
I never want to go to Mars.
Although, reading about the lone man who gets left there in Andy Weir’s The Martian was an adventure in itself. Mark Watney is one of, no, THE funniest main characters I have read in awhile. Weir’s writing was phenomenal. Not only was it humorous, but full of scientific jargon that really put you in the world of NASA.
When I decided to read this book it wasn’t because it had been on my TBR for a long time. The decision was because I had been re-reading books like crazy and made a pact with myself that if I wanted to re-read books, I had to read a new one in between. Thus, The Martian. If you weren’t aware of the synopsis of the book, here it is:
FROM GOODREADS: 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?
Yeah, so he’s stuck on Mars and a whole bunch of craziness ensues and it is just GREAT. I mean, it sucks, cause you know, MARS, but the writing is fantastic. And not only do we get the point of view from Mark, but also his crew up in space and the people back on Earth at NASA etc. The novel takes place over about a year and half and every single page pulls you in. I was never bored while reading this book and I don’t know how people could be…
I really enjoyed the multiple POVs, which is rare for me as I usually only like single voices. HOWEVER, seeing the situation from three different sides made the book much more interesting. I think that if we were reading about Mars alone, the book wouldn’t have been as good. Now, if you are a science savvy person unlike myself then you will understand a lot of the technical talk. But do not despair if you only took grade 11 bio like me, it took me a bit, but I stared to understand the science a lot more. It takes time, but if you pay attention and use the glorious thing known as google, you can figure it out pretty quickly.
I think my favourite thing about the book was not the witty language or the intense space travel, but simply the connection Mark sustained with his humanity. A lot of people when isolated can have massive breakdowns and if you’re the only one on a planet well…I wouldn’t be surprised if he went a little insane. However, he manages to stay optimistic. Yes, there are moments when he breaks down, but all in all he believes he will be rescued and that he wasn’t truly alone.
If you are not a fan of scifi and don’t know if you are going to like this book, I highly recommend you pick this up. I am not that big of a science fiction fan myself, but this book was one of the few that took my surprise! Overall I give this book 5/5 stars and will be reading it again sometime in the future and someone in my family will be getting it as a Christmas gift, it just has to happen.
If you’ve read this book, tell me your thoughts in the comments!
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