Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes
Publisher: Podium Publishing
From the Publisher: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
A friend of mine recommended this book to me, and I saw that the movie comes out this fall so I thought why not?
Best. Decision. Ever.
I have never read a book in my life that has gotten me so emotionally invested in a character (I didn’t even cry when Dumbledore died). My whole life suddenly revolved around whether or not Mark Watney was going to live or die. [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#B83F13″ class=”” size=””]Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.[/pullquote]
If I’d been physically reading this book, I would have finished it in a single sitting without ever getting up for food or other basic needs. Instead, I chose to listen to the audiobook, so I was limited to when and where I could listen. [pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#B83F13″ class=”” size=””]Things didn’t go exactly as planned, but I’m not dead, so it’s a win.[/pullquote]
And that was pure torture.
This is the first book I can ever recall wanting to give more than five stars to. And it’s all because of Mark Watney. I’m not sure I’d say this is my favorite book – but I can say without hesitation that Watney is my absolute favorite fictional character right now. His optimism and sense of humor and – well, everything about him, made me want to know more about him. Suddenly, my own emotional wellbeing was tied to the fate of a fictional character. That’s happened
before (Harry Potter, Katniss, Tris, etc.) but never to this degree.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#B83F13″ class=”” size=””]I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks. This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for.[/pullquote]
I honestly had no idea how the story would end. One minute I was convinced it was going to go one way, and the next I was sure it was going to be the opposite. [pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#B83F13″ class=”” size=””]I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.[/pullquote]My heart was constantly pounding, and I was in (or near) tears for the last half hour of the book because the emotional toll was showing. What’s happening? Oh my gosh, did that just happen? Wait, what? Why? How? How can that work? Will it work? What’s happening?
I laughed. I cried. Sometimes simultaneously (what is this, a Shonda Rimes show?). And now I can’t stop flailing because everyone needs to read this book. Seriously. You. Go read it.