Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Published: February 11th, 2014 by Crown
Genre: Science Fiction
“One mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man’s struggle to survive.”
The Martian is the first novel that Andy Weir wrote under his own name. The story follows astronaut Mark Watney as he struggles to survive on the desolate planet completely alone after the rest of his comrades escape during a dust storm. Mark must overcome countless obstacles that stand in his way if he wants to return to Earth.
Other than Mark Watney, main characters include Venkat Kapoor, Melissa Lewis, Rick Martinez, Chris Beck, Alex Vogel, and Beth Johanssen. Each character is an expert in their field. Mark is a botanist, Melissa Lewis is the commander of the mission and a Navy veteran, Rick Martinez is an Air Force veteran and serves as the pilot of the crew, Chris Beck is a doctor and is the crew’s flight surgeon, Alex Vogel is a German astronaut and scientist, and Beth Johanssen who is the systems engineer.
This isn’t the type of science fiction book that seems like it’s more fantasy than anything else. This is a realistic sci-fi book that feels like it could actually happen in real life. It is because of this that I was on the edge of my seat for most of the novel, most notably in the last few chapters (I literally started pacing back and forth in my room because I couldn’t sit still while reading it).
I recommend this book if you are into science fiction, or science in general. You will enjoy this book even more if you are a fan of nerdy humor, because there is a ton of it in this novel.