Review: ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir

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NOTE: This review was originally posted here on October 1, 2014.

Very rarely do I come across a book that excites me as much as The Martian does. It’s even more rare that I enjoy books that relies heavily on alternate narrative style. In this case, much of the novel is written as journal entries by the main character, Mark Watney. But author Andy Weir really blew this one out of the park.

The concept behind The Martian is simple: a deadly sandstorm forces the Mars crew to abandon the first manned mission to the red planet only a few days after landing. Watney is injured during the sandstorm, and the crew thinks he’s dead, so they leave him behind.

What follows is an amazing story that is told by Watney himself via journal entries. His style is witty, funny and very easy to follow. I also loved how he solved complex problems. He reminded me of Macgyver because he was able to sustain himself with the little supplies he had by jerry rigging some interesting machinery together. The original mission was supposed to last a month, so he had to figure out ways to increase his food supplies for well over a year. Watney’s solution is genius.

The book also breaks away from Watney’s journal entries and heads back to earth to show how the good folks at NASA are trying to bring Watney home and the challenges associated with it. If you’ve ever seen the movie Apollo 13, then you’ll get an idea of what the agency is up against – only multiplied by 100.

I’m not going to go into anymore detail lest I ruin the book. I will only add that I was satisfied with the ending and it’s left wide open for a sequel (Mr. Weir, please!). I’m a stickler for book endings, so when one leaves me satisfied, you know it’s good.

I have to give this book FIVE STARS. It’s thoroughly engrossing and a great story. I highly recommend reading ‘The Martian.’ You won’t regret it.

Disclaimer: I paid the listed Amazon price for this ebook. The Amazon link in this post is not an affiliate link. 

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