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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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The Martian
Average rating
4.6 / 5
The Martian
December 9th, 2015
An amazing story of ingenuity and survival in a totally inhospitable environment. The solutions to problems encountered were out of this world.
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The Martian
December 7th, 2015
A little too many long technical dialogs. Much of the tech descriptions are lost on the reader and don't really add to the story.
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Both movie and book are awesome
November 29th, 2015
Watched the movie first then read this book. Both are equally delightful in their own ways. The book provided more detailed science (if you are interested in that sort of thing) than the movie could cover. You get a sense of the loneliness of Mars that the movie does not provide.
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hilarious
November 27th, 2015
This was a hilarious book. Listened to it on CD, didn't regret a single minute. 10/10, would repeat. Let's continue saving Matt Damon!
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Good entertaining book
November 26th, 2015
We good story. Couldn't put it down until I finished it in a few days. I like how he explains how he solves his problems in layman terms. Recommended read.
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Sci Fi Excellence
November 26th, 2015
The best book I've ever read in the sci-fi genre. Intelligent, humorous. I've just started reading it for my 3rd time around. I think any space, sci-fi fan will love this story. Matt Damon is a good face to put on for Mark.
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Fast and fun read
November 25th, 2015
I totally related to the character and was on a fun roller coaster of unfolding events from beginning to end.
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Excellent scientific Robinson Corusoe!
November 21st, 2015
Well written. Thought provoking. This book was hard to put down. If you like technical books with a lot of suspense, I recommend this read.
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The martian
November 12th, 2015
Absoluty Loved it. Best sci-fi book read i read this year. Can't wait to see the movie. Five stars
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Brilliant read!
November 9th, 2015
Not really a big fan of science fiction, but loved this book in the way that it was easy for my practical side to latch on to. Give it a go it's a fantastic book :-)
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A more-than-once read
November 8th, 2015
Breathless pacing, you think he's out of trouble but he isn't, and a good physics teacher could use all the problems Mark solves as a springboard for textbook questions for the whole year. Wow. Definitely will read it again.
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The Martian
November 5th, 2015
It's been a long time since I've read anything this compelling. Mark Watney maybe the most charming character in all of contemporary literature.
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The Martian
November 5th, 2015
I feel like if i was stranded in Mars and all i had was this book,I could survive...it seemed so real. I will never ear potatoes again.
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A MUST READ !!!!!
November 3rd, 2015
Wow , just Wow , what an amazing book . I loved it from the first line to the last . This book will have you laughing out loud one minute and the next you'll be on the edge of your seat in shock after a disaster happens hoping Watney can find a way to survive . I have't read a book this great in a while and did not want to put it down until the end . If you like , realism , like hard science , like humor and like thrillers then you'll love The Martian because it has all of them in abundance
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What a great book.
November 3rd, 2015
What a great book. I laughed out loud more than any other book. The suspense isn't over done and characters are great. The only thing I wasn't liking is the amount of detail in some of slower parts of the book.
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Strap in for full acceleration!
November 2nd, 2015
An invigorating story of one man's struggle to maintain sanity and survive against improbable odds at all times. Only took me days to read, just couldn't put it down!
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Hard sci-fi and solid action
November 2nd, 2015
Right to the plausible end, I was hooked. I'm actually afraid to watch the movie because I don't want to see this story with anything left out.
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The Martian
November 1st, 2015
Nonstop action, couldn't put it down. Very realistic without any hocus pocus. It's all possible and real technology.
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Can not wait to read
October 31st, 2015
I hope i can get this book because it looks super super super awesome. Cant wait to read it for shure i am going to rate it 4 sstars because i have not reed it
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Awesome book
October 26th, 2015
There are two main things that made this very enjoyable to read. 1. Humour. I was laughing constantly. 2. I never felt the character did something "stupid" which is common in fictional survival stories.
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Very Enjoyable
October 22nd, 2015
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It has an interesting path to publication, and you can see the changes it went through as Weir slowly published it on his website. Just as I was getting bored of the Mark Watney show, the story back on earth was introduced and added a much needed dimension to the story that helped keep my interest up. I would highly recommend it. The movie adaptation was excellent as well.
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Mars
October 21st, 2015
Loved this book....showed lots of imagination and easy to read even with all the math and science. Loved all the characters. Great combination of the book and the movie.
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Enjoyable read
October 20th, 2015
Nice quick easy to read book. While it was a bit far fetched at times I still enjoyed this book. The main character is either the luckiest person alive or the unluckiest depending on how you want to look at it.
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Mars Expedition, What Could Go Wrong
October 18th, 2015
I read a lot of books and a lot of different genres but not a lot of Science fiction. However if all science fiction novels were as engaging and enjoyable and accurate and believable as The Martian, that's all I'd ever spend my precious free time reading. Best time spent reading in a very long time.
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GREAT BOOK.
October 14th, 2015
This was a fantastic book. One of the best I've read in a long time. Plenty of humor and scientific accuracy that made laugh and think out loud. So much better than the movie!
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Excellent!!!
October 14th, 2015
Between the action and technical education there was that subtle humor that made me laugh out loud. Shows the great triumph of the human spirit to survive. I recommend this book to everyone.
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Good read.
October 13th, 2015
Good read. Not my usual choice in reading material but glad I gave it a go. Cant wait to watchthe movie and see if they are the same.
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Adventure for nerds
October 12th, 2015
I adored this book! I am a little bit of a nerd, so the science of the story was fascinating to me, but it is not so heavy-handed that a non-nerd would find it tedious or boring. I ignored work and sleep to finish it - I was in the "just one more chapter" zone throughout the book. By now anyone who owns a TV has seen the ads and knows Matt Damon stars in the movie (oh, and the picture of him on the book cover kind of gives it away too). I could hear his voice as Watney throughout the story, especially in the more humorous and snarky passages. I did not find this detracted from my enjoyment, but if you hate Matt Damon, just be warned. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was the ending. Without giving anything away, I felt like it was a bit rushed, and sort of piled on the drama. I'm not sure how that could be avoided (given that this is a rescue story, after all), but I was just the smallest bit disappointed with the conclusion. With the exception of the last chapter this was 5 stars all the way. I would recommend you start this book on a rainy Friday when you know a) the weather isn't going to break for a few days and b) your chores are done. It will be worth it.
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The Martian
October 12th, 2015
A great read! Just the right mix of techno-speak and action to satisfy all types...nerd & non--nerd!
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Excellent
October 11th, 2015
Fantastic book, extremely engaging. Don't normally like science fiction, but this was one of the best I've read this year.
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Supa cool
October 10th, 2015
It is VERY COOL! Best book i have read! Also watched the movie! Some bad words which means i give it four stars!
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The martian
October 9th, 2015
It was a very good story and kept you wanting to keep reading. I thought the ending was a little weak. I would of liked to have read more of their return to earth, but overall it was a good story.
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Martian
October 7th, 2015
enjoy the time with Mark it is a five star read when I started the book was hard to but down because I knew the issues would never stop.
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A start to finish good read!
October 6th, 2015
This book was very hard to put down. My attention span isn't up to par but this book made it seem I've been reading books for a long, long time. Definitely worth the buy!
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The Martian
October 6th, 2015
This is an excellent book. It is very readable and thought provoking! It reminds me of old adventure tales to far off lands. It captures the imagination and holds the reader's attention. I certainly recommend it!
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Interesting
October 6th, 2015
I found the book interesting but it was a little like MacGyver on steroid, I will make my finial opinion until after I see the movie
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Interesting
October 5th, 2015
Very good book but 1 or 2 REALLY dull parts but besides those couple chapters amazing book! Hope the movie is just as good
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Great read
October 5th, 2015
Impossible to put down....be forewarned you'll lose a day and possibly some sleep. Can't wait to see the movie now.
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The Martian
October 4th, 2015
I really enjoyed this book and I'm now ready to see the movie. I enjoy science fiction, but I am not strong in science itself, that being said, the science added to the story rather than took away from it.
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October 4th, 2015
This book is highly recommended. Although I have not finish reading the book, I know the rest will be as good as what I have read so far. The movie came out while I was half way through the book. All I have to say is, the movie didn't change much of the content and that's good because the book is an awesome read.
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Awesome
October 4th, 2015
Just wow. My fave Mars story was In The Hall Of The Martian Kings by John Varley but this slightly edged it. They're both survival stories.
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A techno-geeks dream.
October 3rd, 2015
With the single exception of the disastrous initial windstorm, all the mechanics, calculations and technology in this book is accurate. And yet the story is still compelling. Watney is such a smart mouth!
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The Martian
October 3rd, 2015
Just a plan and simple, can't put it down pageturner! A great roller coaster ride. Loved the characters and I can't wait to see the movie!
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The Martian
October 2nd, 2015
Great book. I really enjoyed it. It may not be for everybody though. There is lots of science and lots of problem solving. This makes it move along a bit slow in some spots. This may bore some readers. But if you like that sort of thing you will really love this book. The science and the problem solving are awesome.
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Liked it...but didn't love it
October 2nd, 2015
This is another one of those books that are really kind of hard for me to review. I expected to be blown away by this book. Everything about this book sounded absolutely perfect. A man stranded on Mars....it just doesn't get more exciting than that. I wasn't blown away. I liked the story well enough but I have to admit that sometimes the science got a little too much for me. I ended up enjoyed some parts of the book much more than others but I do think that this book will be a great framework for a very good movie. Basically, anyone who has seen a movie preview or read the synopsis for this book has a basic understanding of the story line. Mark Watney is part of a group of astronauts doing some work on Mars. When things go horribly wrong, Mark is left alone on the planet and must figure out how to survive long enough to possibly be rescued. I liked a lot of the book quite a bit. Some things just became a bit much for me. I loved Mark's sense of humor....to a point. At times, it was just a bit much. I appreciate being able to laugh during times of adversity but I don't think that anyone could have remained in such good spirits being isolated and alone as Mark was during most of the book. I didn't dislike Mark but I didn't fall in love with him either. I am thinking that movie Mark will be a little harder to resist because.....well, Matt Damon. I found the science in the story to be very interesting....until it wasn't anymore. Enough is enough and there were times in the story that it was just too much. I like science. I felt like the science took over the plot of the book at times. If Mark had someone to discuss the science with it probably would have fit into the plot better possibly as conversation. Some of the science in the book really felt like information dumping to me and I found myself setting the book aside to do other things. I liked most of the scenes that took place on Earth and on the spacecraft. I really thought that the parts of the book where characters were able to interact with each other worked well. I actually liked the parts that Mark was able to communicate. A story of one man's thoughts about science on Mars can get a bit dull. I also think that there were a lot of very exciting sections in the book that really kept me glued to the book. The parts that I liked....I really liked. I would recommend this book to others. I think most readers will really enjoy this story and I know that a lot of people are looking forward to the movie. I still can't believe that I jumped on the bandwagon with the timing of reading this book. I must admit that I can't wait to see the movie with my husband. This is the first book by Andy Weir that I have read and I look forward to other works by this author.
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The Martian
October 2nd, 2015
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...
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The Martian
September 30th, 2015
A great example of human ingenuity and how powerful the will to survive is when the odds are stacked against you. Such a fantastic read.
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Sounds like a good book!
September 29th, 2015
The movie is coming out in theaters soon and I can't wait to see it. Spoiler alert, he dies at the end (kidding, have'nt even read the book yet!)
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Just how much can one man take?
September 29th, 2015
Could not put this book down! Fast paced, and interesting - even for a non-science aficionado. New appreciation for space exploration and particularly Mars.
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A Terrific read
September 29th, 2015
Really well paced book.. hard to put the book down as every day/sol brought new challenges to Paul Watney, who was stranded on Mars.
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This book is awesome!
September 27th, 2015
This is most probably the best and most realistic book I have ever read. You really get right into the story and can't put the book down until you're done, because of how interesting and suspenseful the story is.
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Amazing-Could not stop reading
September 27th, 2015
This is a rare book that tells a human story with realistic science. I could not wait till the next chapter. Do not miss this book.
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Great Read
September 26th, 2015
I like science fiction but don't normally read the books. This book was different, hard to put down. Quickly connected with Mat and the challenges facing the character every sol. The dialogue was also easy to relate to and the humour, well made you laugh. Well done.
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Hilarious
September 22nd, 2015
A really great comedy/suspence movie in book form. Be warned where there is science, there is math. None you have to solve yourself though.
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Potato Lord
September 20th, 2015
Mark Watney's crew thinks he's dead and he's trying to survive on Mars with just potato and wit. You can tell that Andy Weir made this book with love, that he did his research - some parts of the book can be dry if you're not keen on science but the characters are lovely and in spite of the bleak plot, it's an incredibly funny book.
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The Martian
September 19th, 2015
Very good story line logically presented ...enjoyable to read and a refreshing change from violence.
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The Martian
September 16th, 2015
WOW! I've never read anything so technically dense and yet so absolutely thrilling in a sci-fi book before! Mark Whatney is my new hero!
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Great read
September 15th, 2015
Loved it! Engaging and fast paced. Read it in 2 sittings (could have done in one but baby-duty took priority).
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Awesome
September 13th, 2015
Such a fabulous book and the details are also real and truthful that it's hard not to get sucked in. Loved every moment.
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Putting the Science Back into Science Fiction
September 11th, 2015
Part Robinson-Crusoe-Goes-to-Mars, part thought experiment. While there are a couple moments of "oh, well isn't that just a perfect coincidence that just happened to save his life," Andy Weir has carefully plotted realistic solutions to real issues that could arise for explorers on Mars. Weir does an amazing job of establishing the isolation of a lone astronaut on Mars and does a fantastic job of pacing the action to keep the novel from dragging by as time likely would have dragged for Mark Watney.
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The Human Nature
September 11th, 2015
At the heart of The Martian is a book about humanity within the human species. When stripped of everything, humanity is all the protagonist has left.
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Awesome book
September 11th, 2015
You can't stop reading this book or cheering for the main character. This is a must read, well written with lots of humor.
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A fun adventure
September 9th, 2015
The Martian was great fun to read. There is lots of humor in this perilous adventure, or better mishap, and it is exactly the humor of the main character that adds so much to the story. After only a few pages you automatically wish for a happy end, and every twist of the story increases the tension. Some of the technical and scientific explanations, and the apparently relatively easy solutions to the problem at hand, seem a bit far fetched, but they are at least theoretically possible - and the story is (still) fiction after all. You really want to read this book before you watch the movie, and you will know what it is like to be a Martian.
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Loved it
September 9th, 2015
Great story with a great ending. Can't wait for the movie. Loved the characters. Was one of those books you can't put down.
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Grrrrrrrrrrreat!
September 9th, 2015
Very good Sci-fi. I enjoyed every moment from start to end, it always kept me wanting to read more. I was thrilled at how plausible it all was, and can't wait for more from this author!
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The Martian
September 8th, 2015
It is very scientific and its wording can be a little "over the head ", but I did enjoy the story and routed for Mark all the way through. It had some slow spots with a bit of redundancy (in my opinion ), but finished well and in a good pace.
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A well written, intellectually engaging novel!
September 7th, 2015
The Martian is one of my new favourite sci fi's. Reading about Mark solving problems with his head really shows how far a little bit of science and math can go! Great book.
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Intense!
September 7th, 2015
This book had me up all night, I couldn't put it down! The protagonist is one of my favourite fictional characters I've come across; I wish he was a real person so I could meet him. Thrilling, compelling, so well researched and realistic. I can't wait to see what else this author has in store.
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Not bad
September 6th, 2015
The book is interesting in the great treatment of its source material. I loved that it was realistic (in points) about what was occurring. After a while it became formulaic, with the wash-rinse-gonnadie-repeat cycle. It maintains a good energy, despite that, and the ending is a bit anticlimactic.
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The Martian
September 6th, 2015
Great fast paced read. Very imaginative and filled with technical detail that didn't drag the story down but rather added to its authenticity - this could have really happened! Looking forward to the movie.
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The martian
August 31st, 2015
Exciting and very current with all the talk o mars colony by 2040. The math is beyond my understanding but it doesn't interfere with the experience. Macgyver move over, mark whatney is here
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The Martian
August 30th, 2015
Could not put it down! Best book I've read in years! Absolutely engrossing! Highly recommend it. Eagerly anticipating the movie :)
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Thrilling book
August 28th, 2015
Every time I had to put this book down, I counted the hours until i could pick it back up! Great read.
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Great read
August 27th, 2015
Excellent, can't wait for the movie, non stop thrill ride, kept going all the way to the end. Enjoyed the Q&A at the end.
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Riveting
August 25th, 2015
Great read with a "can't put it down" appeal. Good science to back a very plausible story of survival. Will make a great movie!
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Exciting!
August 25th, 2015
I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. The character of Mark Watney is so compelling and funny. I also enjoyed the added benefit of learning more about Mars. I can't wait to see what they do with the movie version of this. (Matt Damon will be a perfect fit for the character of Mark Watney).
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My review of the audiobook
August 25th, 2015
The Martian was an enjoyable audiobook. The voice narrator did a really good job. The author did a great job combining science fiction with a humorous writing style. So often, science fiction books are a bit too sciencey. But this one wasn’t. It was just the right amount of science that science buffs will enjoy it, but I also think that readers who aren’t that into science will enjoy it. I loved the comedic relief in the story. It was very well-timed and just well-done. The main character, Mark Watney, finds himself stuck on Mars after shit goes sour, the rest of his team leaves the planet to head home thinking that Mark is dead. Mark now has to find a way to survive off of a very limited supply of food and water. He is very intelligent, but continually runs into problems. It’s a frustrating, but also funny, journey for the reader to be a part of. You will definitely root for this character. I liked how, even though the majority of the book was told through log entries of Mark, there were parts that showed what was going on back on Earth and with the other astronauts that left. I’m excited to see the movie!
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Looking forward to the movie
August 11th, 2015
I saw the trailer for the martian so I had to read the book. The book made me misty at times and gave me goosebumps at others. I just couldn't put this book down!
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The Martian
August 9th, 2015
I'm not a fan of sci-fi but this book is an awesome read. I can't wait to see how the movie compares to it.
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Mark Watney FTW!!
August 7th, 2015
Such a fun read - not to science-y, great sense of humor and an amazing adventure. Can't wait for the movie!
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A fun filled read!
August 6th, 2015
I couldn't stop reading such a great story. I'm very happy I read the book first. I have recommend it to friends.
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The Martian
August 5th, 2015
This book is AWESOME, FANTASTIC, IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN, REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY EXCELLENT!!!!!!
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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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10 of 11 people found this helpful
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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4 of 4 people found this helpful
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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