This morning I finished listening to the audiobook of my 37th read of the year and the 2017 Reading Challenge, The Martian by Andy Weir – which puts me back on track for my 52 books target! Having watched the movie in January (which I adored), I had high expectations for this sci-fi novel set on Mars.
Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Category: #24 A book set in the wilderness
“Every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. It might not seem that way sometimes, but it’s true. | 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. And because of that, I had billions of people on my side.”
The Martian tells the story of Mark Watney and the rest of the crew of Ares 3 on their NASA mission to Mars. When bad weather forces the astronauts to leave the planet, a freak accident leaves Mark stranded on the otherwise uninhabited world.
The novel tells Mark’s tale: how he coped with being the only person living on Mars, and how he utilised his remaining supplies to keep himself alive. His character is sarcastic, intellectual and resourceful, making for honestly one of the funniest and educational novels I’ve ever read. It also switches perspectives multiple times, to the rest of the Ares 3 crew, NASA on Earth, and the wider scientific community, allowing for important outsider information to be gleaned.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook; the narrator sounded remarkably like Matt Damon did in the movie, which *in the style of Matt/Mark himself* was awesome! The characters were all well written, and the plot was thrilling and surprisingly fast-paced. I’m now very excited to read Andy Weir’s upcoming release, Artemis, in November.
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