Hey, beautiful! Today’s post is another book review!
This time, I’m reviewing the Newyork Best-seller, The Martian by Andy Weir. I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on the movie adaptation because I watched it straight after I finished the book.
If you’ve read the book and want to discuss it, you can email me (you can see my contact page). Please don’t post spoilers in the comments.
Publication Date: February 11th 2014
Page Count: 369 pages
Series: The Martian #1
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
You may already know this, but I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons by reading genres that I don’t usually go for.
Sci-fi and fantasy are one of the main ones on the list, so after reading The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (I have a book review on that too *hint* *hint* go read that), I decided to go for a more sci-fi-y book.
And with all the hype around The Martian (that being about the book and movie), I decided to pick it up with the audio book.
Now, I’m just going to show you the first couple sentences of this book, and you come to the conclusion about whether you would read it or not.
I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.
Just reading the first couple sentences, I fell in love with this book, and from there on, I devoured it.
I didn’t really expect to laugh and cringe as much as I did throughout this book, but Mark, the main character, is one of the funniest characters I’ve read about in a really long time.
It’s so weird because he’s stranded on Mars, but he doesn’t mourn about what he could’ve done, he just makes jokes with himself and NASA.
Because this is a Sci-Fi novel, it did have a lot of info-dumps. Like you’d be reading about him trying to make water on Mars and about this really complicated and risky chemical reaction that he has to perform to get something so simple. I did like the whole science-y aspect of the book, but sometimes I had to reread a paragraph to understand what’s happening.
Also, throughout the book, we go from Mark’s point of view while he’s on Mars, to the NASA people/employee/whatever-you-want-to-name-them’s point of view back on Earth.
I’m not gonna lie, it was a bit confusing in the start, but I got used to it by the end.
I also want to talk about the character names in this book. Throughout out the whole novel, NASA calls the astronauts by their last names. So Mark is called Watney, and Mellissa (the commander of the mission) is called Lewis, and so on.
That was also a bit confusing in the beginning, but I got used to it, also. Just like I got used to all the other aspects of the book.
As I’ve been doing in my book reviews, I’m going to be sharing my views on some of my favourite characters before I end this review.
I’ll be talking about Commander Lewis (first name: Melissa), Vincent Kapoor, Teddy Sanders, and about Watney (first name: Mark) -the main character.
First, on the list is Commander Lewis. As I mentioned, they all call each other by their last names, Commander Lewis’ first name is Melissa. That’s just a piece of extra info for you. I really like that the commander of the whole mission is a woman, I don’t know why. It’s just the inner feminist in my I guess.
I also love that Mark is forced to listen to all of her disco music collection while he’s on Mars and keeps teasing her for it. I just find that so funny for some reason.
Another thing that I found amazing is that we get to see Lewis mourn and feel guilty about leaving Mark on Mars. That just makes her seem more human to me.
Second on the list is Vincent Kapoor. Now, Vincent is one of my all time favourite characters in this book because he just has to deal with so much stress that the outcome is just hilarious.
He has to deal and control all of Mark’s inappropriate jokes, and I don’t know why, but I feel like he’s this really goofy father figure to Mark for some reason.
Now for one of my least favourite characters: Teddy Sanders. I just didn’t like this guy at all. I don’t really remember but I think he’s the director of something in NASA. He’s just really selfish and isn’t good at decision making.
Throughout the whole book, you really get annoyed with him because, at some points, I just felt that he didn’t care about Mark and didn’t want to help get him back from Mars.
I know I’m not really portraying the characters very well, but I can’t really tell you a lot without spoiling it. You’ll just have to read the book.
Now, for the most important character! Mark Watney, the man who was literally stranded on Mars. He’s also the most hilarious and fast thinking human you can read/think about.
If it was me who was stranded on Mars, you can bet your money that I’d die on the first day (or shall I say sol).
Even though he’s stranded on this planet, alone, with no hope of ever getting back to Earth, he keeps a positive attitude and makes jokes about the situation. I just find that so amusing.
I love characters with a good sense of humour, and Mark totally is on the list of the funniest. That’s all I can say!
I gave this book a 5/5 on Goodreads!
Much love, Rawan ❤ …
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