The Martian by Andy Weir — A Book Review

I don’t read Sci Fi.  Because I’m married to Greg I’ve WATCHED a lot of Sci Fi television and movies (and I mean A LOT!) but, I don’t read it.  So, what am I doing reading this book?


Well, this is definitely NOT your average Sci Fi.  I’d say it’s “plausible” Sci Fi.

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The Martian, by Andy Weir, is the  story of  Mark Watney, a team member on the first manned mission to Mars.  A horrific sand storm arises that requires the team to evacuate the planet in a hurry.  In the process, an accident befalls Mark which, not only causes him to be physically lost from his crew, but also causes his bio meter to read him as lifeless……but he’s not!  He awakens to find himself all alone on Mars.  His challenge is how to make the equipment and supplies provided for his team’s mission to now provide for his survival until the next mission in four years.

Most of the story is told via Mark’s log entries and Andy Weir has given Mark a very clear voice.  That’s what I was most impressed with…..just how real Mark Watney came across.  Andy Weir is a NASA guy himself and there is a LOT of science in this book but he manages, through Mark, to demystify science for us “not-so-sciencey” folks.

This is a very impressive first book and was not picked up by a publishing house initially.  Andy Weir ended up self publishing his book and it’s popularity grew by word of mouth.   And…..why wouldn’t it?  It’s a page turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat even for this non sci fi reading, not-so-sciencey person.  I highly recommend it!

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