So, I loved this. Loved, loved, loved it. Loved it so much that I am rereading it.
On the surface, one might think that it is run-of-the-mill SciFi. But, it's so much more than that. This poor guy gets stranded on Mars and he makes the best of it. Truly. It's depressing and lonely and scary and colder than Chicago in March, but he really never lets himself get discouraged. Mark Watney is funny and profane and smarter than hell. He makes McGyver look like an idiot. I don't know if the science checks out, because I'm not that much of a nerd, but it feels very believable. And, he is exactly the sort of guy that I would want to be trapped in a bad situation with.
And, if Andy Weir ever comes to ORD, I will fawn all over him like a raving fangirl.
— Christine, Chicago ORD
February 2014 Indie Next List
“This taut, cerebral debut thriller introduces readers to the only kind of alien we have yet to encounter: ourselves. Astronaut Mark Watney is mistakenly left for dead on Mars when his mission companions flee a violent wind storm. His mental and physical struggles to survive are a crash course in botany, mechanics, and the will to endure. This is the compelling space saga that you didn't know you had been waiting for!”
— Zack Ruskin, Book Passage, San Francisco, CA
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?
About the Author
ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.