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The Martian by Andy Weir
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The Martian

by Andy Weir

Synopsis

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?

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  • Shrewsbury, MA

    So amazing ???? never thought I’d enjoy a book that was packed with math and science vocabulary but I couldn’t put it down. This one elicited real anxiety and tears at times. I loved it and wanted more!

  • Webster , TX

    As someone who dreamed about working at NASA this book bring you into the world of long duration space flight! The story is deep and beautifully put together with touching moments and humor thrown in!

  • Moberly, MO

    I have loved this book from the first page. It is witty, clever and entertaining. I probably have read or listened to the audio book at least 100 times by now because you alwaysstart in the action.

  • Honolulu, HI

    This was my second time reading! An amazing story that reminds you to believe in people - not only in their intentions but their resiliency, intellect, and performance under pressure. Next stop, Mars!

  • columbus, OH

    I was not expecting this book to be as funny as it was. Who knew humor could be added in such a dire situation. Would recommend this book to everyone and anyone, regardless if you're a fan of science.

  • Morrison, IL

    If you like space novels, this is a perfect one to pick up. I watched the film first but feel the book has much more depth. I was so invested in bringing him home even though I knew the ending already

  • Tuscaloosa, AL

    I LOVED this book. Weir’s writing was exceptional. Watney voice and characterization was A+. I felt like I was reading a real life event. As someone who is about to intern for NASA, I was obsessed.

  • Bristol, TN

    love!love!love! this book is just fantastic some of the rocket science lingo is hard to understand but at the same time it makes the whole thing feel more real! i was so emotionally invested in this!

  • Jeffersonville, NY

    Imagine it. You're lucky enough to be an astronaut & one of the first humans to step on Mars. Then a storm & an accident leave you wounded & alone on Mars! You could be also be the 1st death on Mars!

  • Fayetteville, AR

    I'll admit that I skimmed over the science parts, because no matter how carefully or slowly I read, it wasn't going to make sense...but even without understanding that piece, the book was excellent!

  • Tallahassee, FL

    Such a journey! Mark has such a strong spirit and hilarious attitude despite his circumstances; you root for him to succeed in getting back to Earth. When the science-speak bores you, stick with it!

  • Columbus, OH

    I honestly did not expect this book to be as humorous as it was. Mark Watney was a hilarious genius, who survived all odds against him. This has probably become one of my favorite books of all time.

  • Dallas, TX

    I think this is one of the best books I've ever read. Hilarious, action-packed, couldn't think of anything besides this book until I finished it. Even now I can't stop thinking of it. Amazing read!

  • Troy, MI

    Mark Watney is my kind of guy: wicked smart, sassy, and good-hearted. I loved reading (and re-reading) of his struggle to survive on Mars. This brilliant and believable story will keep you smiling.

  • West Seneca , NY

    This book blew me away, not unlike a storm on Mars would’ve! Well written, nerdy and scientific. Thought provoking and powerful. I hungered for the conclusion, yet not for the inevitable ending.

  • Tampa, FL

    I can't remember the last time I really laughed while reading a book. The journal entries were witty, heartfelt, and yet still scientific. Not sure if I would have had that kind of determination.

  • Lubbock, TX

    I read this book in one day and it was a new genre for me to be interested in. I loved the details and I found myself googling to see if things were true. The humor and connection felt was great.

  • Staunton, VA

    I love Andy Weir's writing style. This book is a must-read for any space exploration lovers. It's a perfect blend of being suspenseful and maintaining humor that will make you want to read more.

  • San Ramon, CA

    A tour de force encompassing the sheer expanse of human will, compassion and camaraderie. A thrilling story that will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing and cheering all along the way.

  • Haymarket, VA

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. I think I've read it 3 times now. It's like the perfect date - it's smart and funny, a little goofy but still deep and serious when it needs to be.

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