Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
This book really needs no introduction, having topped bestseller lists; promoted all over Goodreads; and primed to become the next Hollywood blockbuster with a star-studded cast. The story follows Mark Watney, who has been left stranded on EFFING MARS after a failed mission. While the rest of humankind pegs him as dead, Watney uses his ingenuity and sheer will to survive in his inhospitable environment. The plot was always well-paced and creative, but I wished I cared for these characters… more on that later in the review.
“All my brilliant plans foiled by thermodynamics. Damn you, Entropy!”
The Martian is very different to any other books I’ve read. It has solid technical accuracy and sound scientific research. Admittedly, it’s been a while since my prerequisite Chemistry and Physics course, so a lot of the nitty-gritty details flies over my head. But hey, if the science is sound enough for Chris Hadfield, Commander of The International Space Station, it’s definitely good enough for me.
“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!”