Review: The Martian by Andy Weir || Isolation on Mars has never been more funny

The Martian

Andy Weir

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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?

Publisher: Crown

Published: February 11th 2014


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My Review 5

I know I wasn’t the only one who was expecting a survival story with deep philosophical passages and such. Instead, we get Mark Watney- sarcastic, sassy botanist who came with the funny. I actually saw this on my school libraries’ table and I use to want to read it, but you know, nerves and such. Because tough reads are tough. BUT I LOVED IT A LOT.

Mark, one of the first people to walk on Mars, is left behind by his crew after a storm hits and thought dead after an accident. This has been used before probably but have you seen Castaway? Think of that but on Mars and no Wilson.

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Now again, a situation like this usually has heavy tones to it… that isn’t here. Mark stays his sassy self for the whole year that he’s there. And I’ve read reviews with people who found an issue with the lack of realistic psychological trauma, but… Yes, it would have been interesting to read an accurate representation on what that type of isolation and the stresses of starvation would do to a person. Yet, the humor was enjoyable and since I wanted to read for pleasure, I wasn’t bothered though it did hinder one aspect of the story. I mean, look at his humor-

“I chipped his sacred religious item into long splinters using a pair of pliers and a screwdriver. I figure if there’s a God, He won’t mind, considering the situation I’m in.

Ruining the only religious icon I have leaves me vulnerable to Mars Vampires. I’ll have to risk it.”

I love it XD.  I know I keep mentioning him, but Mark? This intelligent man with the humor of a teenager holds my heart. Yet as much as he charmed me, I never feared for his life. Maybe because he never feared for his life (the constant positivity & jokes as mentioned above).

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The minor characters back in NASA trying to get him back were… minor? They all shined when they were talking with Mark. One of the things that solidified my love for this book is all the science-y bits weren’t confusing, at least to me. He’d be explaining how to make potatoes on Mars and I’d sit there thinking I could totally survive on Mars. Though lets be real, that’s not reality- I’d be gone in point two seconds.

“I’m turning my pee into rocket fuel. It’s easier than you’d think.

Urine is mostly water. Separating hydrogen and oxygen only requires a couple of electrodes and some current. The problem is collecting the hydrogen. I don’t have any equipment for pulling hydrogen out of the air.

If I survive this, I’ll tell people I pissed my way into orbit.”

You can tell Weir did his research and that must have taken forevaaaaah I don’t really like math so… I mentioned earlier that I was never afraid for Mark’s life, so during the climax I wasn’t nervous but he came with the comedy, so that made up for everything. Overall, read this if you want a laugh. Or are into math/science. Cheers 🙂 .

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