Click to Place Hold
Author: Andy Weir
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager
Book Summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Personal Review; I picked up this book after I recently learned it was going to be adapted to a feature film starring Matt Damon, which said it would be a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away. Those were both incredible films, so I though this book would a great read.
Although first released in 2012, as a self-published novel, the rights were purchased by Crown and it was re-published in 2014, which is more than likely why I didn't hear about it when it first came out. All I can say is that the book was wonderful. It's a complete deconstruction of the human psyche that has you wondering what you would do if you were in a similar situation. I mean I don't like the thought of even being stranded on the side of the road, let alone by myself on another planet. I was certainly able to connect with Mark Watney, and feel his struggle, frustration, and determination throughout the book.
Loving the survival premise, although I'm not known for diving into sci-fi reads, this book was quite different. Also filled with humor, no less, it did have an adequate description of science related terms and concepts that didn't confuse me, seeing as to how I'm not an astronaut. Then, after being left for dead on a foreign planet, during a time where you would expect for the protagonist to give up (as most of us probably would), he doesn't.