From the archives – just watched the movie version of The Martian, so I’m reblogging my review of the book first. Movie review (and book comparison, because how can you not?) coming soon!
Mark Watney is stuck on Mars. He was separated from his crewmates during a dangerous wind storm, the team thinks he’s dead and they’ve reluctantly escaped in their Mars Ascent Vehicle. How will he survive the huge challenge ahead of him, in a NASA habitat, with no communication and only a limited supply of food and water?
Well Watney is no normal guy. Besides being an astronaut, he’s an engineer and a botanist. He’s also ridiculously optimistic and likes a good puzzle. These are qualities that serve him well during what could be a very long time on Mars.
I enjoyed reading The Martian. It’s a fast science fiction adventure with a positive feel. It’s easy to cheer for Watney, who finds himself in all kinds of dangerous and seemingly unsolvable situations. The story is presented mostly…
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