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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian

by 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?

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Member ratings (3,422)

  • Amanda S.

    Cedar Grove, WI

    Absolutely amazing. Having already seen the movie I was concerned about reading it, but no reason to be. Just as gripping as other Andy Weir novels. Love the writing style and the humor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Samantha L.

    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!

  • Franchesca D.

    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.

  • Amanda E.

    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

  • Dacia B.

    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!