Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction
Type: Stand Alone
Page Count: 385
Publishing House: Broadway Books
Publishing Date: February 11, 2014
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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long 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 isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him? (Source)
The Martian is a hard Science Fiction novel selected by the head of my monthly book club. This follows the path of the last book club book and will soon be released as a movie starring Matt Damon.
Normally, I’m really big into Sci-Fi, but this book missed the mark with me. I’m not big on space-focused novels and this was a perfect example why. A lot of them tend to have so much technical jargon that it distracts me from the story. I begin thinking too much with the logical side of my brain and that’s not why I go to reading. I want to feel something. I want to have a connection with the characters and I couldn’t with these.
I’m not saying that it was the worst book I’ve ever read by any means. It was well written grammatically and had a very ridged beginning, middle, and end without major plot holes. It just lacked all spontaneity and mystery because everything is laid out before you. I had no doubt what the ending would be. On top of that, the other characters weren’t really fleshed out. Subplots and characters popped up at random times and although they had a purpose, you wished that they were expanded upon.
The one thing that I did enjoy was Mark’s sense of humor even if he didn’t really have much character growth. He was quite funny, sarcastic and resourceful. Without his bit of humor, the story would have fell completely flat.
Overall, it’s a book about humanity’s ability to beat the odds again and again. It served its purpose and I probably shouldn’t ask more from it. I would probably only recommend it to people who are scientists.
Thanks for reading,