by Andy Weir
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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Compelling and well-researched
One of the most compelling and incredibly well-researched books I've ever read. But the highlight certainly was the protagonist's black humor, making me laugh out loud in public, despite his dire situation. Very down-to-earth, vivid, and intense. Couldn't put it down!by O. Pijl on March 09, 2015
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Everything i hoped it would be!
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.by a.c. on June 30, 2015
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Think Apollo XIII played by Robin Williams and you'll get a feel of what this novel is about.by Jose on September 20, 2014
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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!by Deric PR on June 15, 2015
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Quite possibly the best hard science fiction novel I've ever read. No hand wavy sci-fi techno-babble here; it's all (except for the impact of the original storm that initiated the crisis but that is forgiven since there needed to be something to spawn the situation) well based in fact and feasible. This attention to scientific accuracy is combined with an excellent character development that engages the reader fully in wanting to accompany the main character on this journey. Highly, highly recommended. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie now...by Mike Meakin on October 02, 2015
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