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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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The Martian
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Surprisingly Good
July 31st, 2015
I never read Sci-Fi. I can't believe I even read the description, but the movie coming out made me read the preview and I was hooked from the first page. I absolutely loved this book. I had to Google NASA images of what a HAB and rover look like so I could better visualize everything. I loved every character. The story got much better once NASA get involved and there is actual dialogue. I wasn't sure I could read a book with none, but I didn't have wait long. I did wonder why he never mentioned anything about hygiene or showering but that mystery was solved at the end:).
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amazing
July 23rd, 2015
l hope this author writes equally an astounding sequell about adventures on each planet.l was spellbound by this book ,couldnt put it down well done mr weir
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Alison m
July 21st, 2015
Great read,laughed alot and was very suspenseful. Would definitely read anything from the author. Will look for him again!
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Fantastic, Addictive, the humor is a crucial part!
July 20th, 2015
Weir’s The Martian is an incredibly inventive addictive thriller, his spellbinding narrative is an imaginative mix of his amazingly detailed tech speak with laugh out loud humor which is essential to keep readers sane as they walk a mile in Mark’s highly perilous space suit. Mark’s character is funny, vulnerable and so unbelievably courageous, he is a delight in every way and his co-stars both in space and on terra firma are remarkable and genuine. The piéce de résistance was the tenacity to bring him home by all involved. I’ll be the first in line to see the movie October 2nd! As Mark Watney, Ares team 3 manned Mars space mission botanist and engineer, slowly regains consciousness he remembers the storm, realizes he’s been grievously injured and is alone on Mars. He’s got one chance at survival albeit a very slim chance but first he must stay alive until the next manned Mars team arrives, in 4yrs, figure out how to live and especially how to feed himself when his food supply will run out long before the next man on Mars arrives. At NASA the Ares 3 team are scrambling when they discover Mark is still alive, they've got some computing to do to see if rescue is even possible and some hard decisions to make especially about what to tell his crewmates who think they left his lifeless body on Mars. Hopefully with all the talent they have at hand someone will be able to figure out a way to save him, or at the very least figure out a way to help him save himself.
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A Great Read
July 13th, 2015
A lot of technical mumbo jumbo but a great read. Humorous and scary at the same time. Could not put it down.
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Problem solving on Mars
July 11th, 2015
It took me a while to get into The Martian, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The story definitely got more engaging for me when we started hearing from NASA as well. Mars is always a fun and challenging backdrop to place a character, so I find Weir's usage of a pretty chill pretty stable character who doesn't go through any crises or do any major development sort of...refreshing? Normally I'm all about character development (and some of the minor characters definitely grow) but this book had so much else going for it. I'd definitely recommend it.
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It's just rocket science
July 7th, 2015
Very impressive presentation of mostly accurate science in an enjoyable and funny way. One of the few books which I could read over and over.
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The Martian
July 2nd, 2015
One of the most page turning sci-fi books I've ever read.Well done Mr. Reid. A great read for all!!
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Fantastic science fact/fiction
July 1st, 2015
Wow, wow, wow - such a great story, written with humor and humanity. A great science fact and science fiction mix but more than anything it is a story of indomitable human ingenuity and perseverance. Are you kidding me that this is a debut novel?! Fantastic!
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Everything i hoped it would be!
June 30th, 2015
Everything i hoped it would be! Once in a while I want a book that tries to be nothing else than it already is. And this one delivers it beautifully. It's about an astronaut doing science on Mars, nothing less. It has more than that though, and it's lovely. I loved how it didn't bullshit its way through with other tropes, it always took Matt in front and center. It was about his survival (chances) and nothing less. I loved everyone related to this; NASA people, Ares people, even the China Space Station people. No one hid their intentions yet it was all about one man. If this happened for real, CNN would make a 'Mark Watney Report' and i'd watch it. You'd watch it, everyone would watch it. That's how it is and I love how it didn't differ in the book. We become one when it matters, I'm one of the few that believes in this. Having constantly smart characters on board was a nice change rather than them being smart conveniently. I have nothing more to say actually, I loved every line of this book. Can't wait for the movie, I hope it delivers as well.
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Action packed brain ride.
June 30th, 2015
A great story filled with thrills and excitement while routed in the most interesting scientific plot I've read in ages. A new favourite of mine.
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best read in years
June 20th, 2015
It has been a lengthy period since I have read a book I couldn't stop reading until done. This one changed that ! It's not the deepest nor most scientific book I have read, but it presents an all too plausible scenario and a realistic set of solutions. I now have a new expression..."WWMWD...what would Mark Watney do?"
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Excell
June 15th, 2015
An amazing epic about one man's survival in a barren planet and humanity's efforts to save him. Gripping and detailed while remaining hilariously entertaining
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Amazing
June 15th, 2015
I stayed up way to late reading this, what an incredible story and told so well. I've got that post reading shock going on, I wish the story could continue!
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Martian in review
June 14th, 2015
Excellent! Being a aircraft mechanic I found the detail to research exceptional. I was able to follow yhe technical parts, and it was not dumb down to the stupid level.
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Better than 2001, better than Apollo 13
June 14th, 2015
Thrilling and deeply engrossing story. Hard and detailed science, yet approachable and fast-paced. And although there's huge dramatic tension, there is NO artificially added drama. I almost never write reviews but I owe it to this book to spread the word: It's one of the 3 best sci-fi novels I've read published in the past 15 years.
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One of the best books I've read in a long time
May 19th, 2015
This book is amazing. It's mainly written in a log entries format, so it's really easy to read. The main character has a great dry sense of humour. The story itself is along the lines of Apollo 13. There's a bit of science talk, but it's told in a great, clear way. It's fascinating all the ways he hacks things together to survive. A real tour de force.
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Martian Survivor
May 19th, 2015
Entertaining and topical. Loved the pace. Holds one attention through out. If you are looking for a volunteer fot the next flight please count me in.
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Brilliant
April 21st, 2015
I loved this book and was captivated by the storyline. Lots of science which admittedly was beyond me however the ingenuity and inventiveness was constantly intriguing. Thrilling story with great characters. And the sarcasm - absolutely the best. I will be quoting Markism at my next opportunity. Great book.
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Great and fast read!!
April 1st, 2015
Outstanding story telling. I felt as though I was there with Watney as he struggled to survive against hopeless odds. Highly recommended!!!
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