The Martian

, #1

Hardcover, 369 pages

English language

Published Feb. 11, 2014 by Crown.

ISBN:
978-0-8041-3902-1
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OCLC Number:
932376129

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5 stars (116 reviews)

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man's struggle to survive.

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, Mark 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 …

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reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

Entertaining & well-written

5 stars

The writing style is great. Got hooked from the first page and was never bored til the last page. Sometimes it would've been nice to have had better descriptions of certain objects (l still have trouble picturing the rovers). There is a nice amount of humor too, I liked it.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

A fairly realistic near-future hard #scifi story about survival on #Mars

4 stars

Probably boring if you're not interested in the technical problems involved in being stranded on Mars as those make up most of the book but for someone like me who is interested in the exploration of Mars and everything to do with space in general this is a great hard Sci-Fi story set in the near future.

The writing could be much better, I wish there was more of backstory to how Watney became a person able to survive so well in a situation like this (nothing really explains it to me) and not everything is beliveable to me but the overall concept and most of the details are solid. Wil Wheaton's narration of the audiobook edition was good but not perfect.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book is the log written by Mark Watney as he tries to survive on Mars with no way of going home or even contacting home.

If you like a lot of science in your fiction, you will most certainly finish this book in no time. It's thrilling, it's interesting, it's not very psychological, but you'll keep turning those pages to find out what happens next.

I haven't seen the movie, so I can't compare, however I wonder how this particular writing style transfers to the big screen.

Review of 'Seul sur Mars' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Je ne sais pas ce que j'ai, en ce moment, j'ai l'impression de lire de plutôt bons livres.
Et celui-ci en est un excellent exemple.
Je ne vais pas vous faire l'affront d'un résumé, puisque le titre a l'avantage de raconter toute l'histoire en trois mots. En bonus, vous avez difficilement pu échapper au bulldozer publicitaire du film. Donc vous j'imagine que vous connaissez l'histoire de Mark Wattney, seul sur Mars.
Et ce qui est assez exceptionnel à propos de ce roman, c'est que j'avais vu sur twitter un message qui disait "Alone on Mars is Mc Gyver meets Apollo 13". J'ai aimé Mc Gyver. J'ai aimé Apollo 13. Alors comment je pouvais ne pas aimer ce livre ?
Parce que franchement, tout y est.
Déja, vous avez un personnage incroyable : Mark Wattney a un humour qui l'aide à se sortir de sa situation incroyablement périlleuse, ainsi que des …

Review of 'Der Marsianer' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

How did this novel keep my attention the way it did? I don't know. In fact, I started this novel with some trepidation because I am not a math and science geek. This story is one tough problem solving task after another, and it's all over my head. And yet--Mark Watney, in his humor-spiked journal, kept me rapt. Perhaps it reminded me of Sherlock Holmes's deductions. Those are a bit easier to follow, but often contain a scientific element. I doubt Arthur Conan Doyle wrote as many deductions or solved as many problems in all his books combined as Andy Weir wrote for this one spare story!

I am so glad that I had not heard how this story ends before finishing it! Boy, was I on the edge of my seat....

Highly recommended!

Review of 'Der Marsianer' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is one of the best books I've read. The subject is fascinating, the characters are engaging - particularly Mark Watney. I had to regularly remind myself that this was not a retelling of actual events and that these people are fictional.

I won't lie, I did tend to zone out a touch during some of the longer scientific passages but they only made the story feel more real. I can only imagine the insane amount of research that went into this book.

In addition to the fantastic writing, the extremely engaging story, and the great character portrayals, the narrator did a stellar job of bringing it all together.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

First of all I have to say, I love Mark Watney. I love how funny, ironic, positive and just how so damn real he felt. And oh boy, how many things he had to go through! Unbelievable! I love how I was glued to the book, one dangerous and exciting thing after the other happening all the time... And how Mark made me smile in his attempts to make us readers smile. I loved it, loved it. He made me happy when he was trying to be happy being in the crappy situation of being fucked in another planet. In Mars for such a ridiculous amount of time! God, imagine if that happened to someone for real. I'd want to kiss that someone afterwards. Poor Mark who never got too many girls, now with this HUGE thing happening to him, that would surely change.

And I loved everyone in the …

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Subjects

  • Astronauts--Fiction.
  • Survival--Fiction.
  • Mars (Planet)--Fiction.

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