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The Martian by Andy Weir
  

The Martian

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Due to a freak accident astronaut Mark Watney is left on Mars when the rest of his crew depart. He keeps a log of his experiences which forms the bulk of the text. Just as this starts getting irritating the perspective changes as we are introduced to NASA workers on the ground. This certainly makes the narrative more interesting as we see both sides of the situation develop. How will Mark survive and can he be rescued? Mark’s diary voice explains things with a charming humour. It is this voice that makes the novel so appealing. I really came to care for Mark, his ingenuity, humour and frustrations, and read the last few chapters with my heart in my mouth. A little like Touching the Void as sci-fi, this is one man’s struggle to survive alone, with the whole world rooting for him. Exciting stuff.

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Synopsis

The Martian by Andy Weir

So that's the situation. I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. Everyone thinks I'm dead. I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I'm screwed.

The Martian has been made into a movie starring Matt Damon see the trailer below.

Reviews

'The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel.' -- Hugh Howey New York Times bestselling author of Wool

'Think Apollo 13 ... on Mars! ... A saga of courage, ingenuity and humour - and utterly convincing thanks to superb research. The best space disaster story since Clarke's A Fall of Moondust.' -- Stephen Baxter

'The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13.' -- Ernest Cline

About the Author

Andy Weir

ANDY WEIR has always been fascinated by space travel and like most kids growing up wanted to be an astronaut. Instead, he wrote a book - The Martian - which he self published on Amazon in 2012. It went on to receive 1,500 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars, with similar success on Goodreads. The film rights have been bought by Fox. Andy hopes this will be the first of many trips into space.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Andy Weir

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Hardback

Categories

Horror - Fantasy - SF
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ISBN

9780091956134

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