"I’m pretty much fucked,"
— Mark Watney
I finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I’m not a bookworm, so I hope I will be able to explain to you how great it was for me.
I mainly listened to it through the audiobook version and occasionally read along the written version. If you’re a sucker for anything Space, and doesn’t mind the in-depth explanation of some branches of Science,then this one’s for you.
The book is described by most reviewers as an Apollo 13 x Castaway crossover. In Space, and in Mars. That’s even beyond the movies Gravity, and Interstellar. You’re alone, stranded, and not sure you’ll be saved.
In Gravity, the astronauts were still in earth’s vicinity. In Interstellar, they were in a group, and had video messages from earth transmitted to them even though it’s 23 years after.
My favorite part in the book is every time where Mark Watney describes how he gets through every “Sol” (day) in Mars using his ingenuity and resourcefulness. Of course being an astronaut with a background in Botany and Mechanical Engineering helps, but the way he applies this is amazing.
The book is written in a diary log style, and scenes from earth are inserted after two to three logs from Mark Watney.
Another thing I like in the book is the humor. Not everyone will like the smart-ass bits, but you’ll understand it just from the opening passage of The Martian. It’s a welcome feat to a serious, science-accurate-filled novel.
Speaking of accurate, the author, Andy Weir was applauded for his scientifically accurate novel.
"In those months since I first started putting chapters up online, I’ve received fan emails from astronauts, people in Mission Control, nuclear submarine technicians, chemists, physicists, geologists and folks in pretty much every other scientific discipline. All of them had nice things to say about the book’s technical accuracy, though some of them also sent formal proofs detailing where I’d gone wrong. I corrected those problems (mostly) in the final edition that went to print."
I really love this ebook/audiobook. I’ll definitely grab a copy of the physical book if I see one.
A 2015 movie adaptation is in the works and will be directed by Ridley Scott(Alien, Prometheus to cite a few), and screenplay written by Drew Goddard (World War Z).
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