An AMAZING BOOK! This is a very realistic novel about a NASA mission to Mars that goes wrong and leaves an astronaut stranded on the planet. The whole book becomes a Mars survival story which adds a lot of dimensions to a typical survival book because it’s a different planet with no people or life whatsoever.
There are a lot of technical explanations and engineering that at times are hard to completely understand but for the most part, I was able to follow. Weir presents dozens of “impossible” situations which seem to point to the certain death of Mark Watney, but every time he amazes and cleverly solves each problem. Problem solving is at the heart of this story.
Be warned that there is quite a bit of profanity throughout the book – in fact the very first sentence kicked it off. If that offends you, don’t read this novel.
Weir keeps us in suspense throughout – at no point does it get slow or boring. There is a great balance between Mark Watney, earth, and the crew. If I had time, I would have read the book in almost one sitting. It’s one of those stories where you just HAVE to know what’s going to happen and how he is going to survive this one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.