I can’t tell you (well I can) how funny this book was to read. It’s been a few months since I read it, but I still smile when I remember how well and witty it was written. I do hope I come across another book like this. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d be happy to hear it. I have to say though, that I was not the first person to read my copy. In fact, one of my friends who visited while I was in Germany took it and read it without my knowledge. He returned it, and I was shocked. But, books are meant to be read!
The good thing about The Martian was that it was amusing. The main character, Mark Watney, is a funny guy. I think he’s what made the story work. If it was just another sci-fi book, I’m not sure if the work would be as popular as it is now. I thought the actual science sounded realistic and believable. I would read a follow-up book about another mission if it included another hilarious character like Mark.
Well, to be honest, I didn’t like the diary entries. I know it helped push the story along at points and so you knew where you were. But I also think it made me feel like parts were skipped (even though they were the boring ones). It’s nit-picking, but when you like a book, that’s what you have to do.
I enjoyed The Martian a lot. I think (even if you’re not into sci-fi) you should at least try the first chapter or so. Mark is a funny character, and a lot happens. If you prefer movies, I thought the film did the book justice. The film is actually what got me to read the book and take a chance. Andy Weir did write a great book here, and I hope I can achieve such a level one day.
August 18th 2015
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?