The Martian is science-fiction writer Andy Weir’s debut novel. The novel starts out with astronaut Mark Watney accidently being left on Mars after an emergency evacuation of his crew Ares 3. You’re probably thinking how could someone ever be “accidently” left on Mars? Well, there was a hugeee dust storm on sol 6 (sols are basically Mars days) and the crew had to leave their shelter to walk to the MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) to end their mission early, so they can all get back to Earth safely. On the crew’s way to the MAV, Mark got struck by a flying object and was thrown so far that the crew for sure knew he was dead. Fortunately, Mark survived the freak accident but unfortunately, he’s stuck on Mars… alone… with limited supplies… and absolutely no one knows.
I’m absolutely thrilled to say, this is my favorite book of the year!!! Ahhh!! So basically I’m going to rave about it for a few more paragraphs. The Martian is a real science, science-fiction novel, which is totally awesome. Even though the genre is called “science”fiction, the books rarely have real science. Though this book is extremely scientific, that doesn’t mean you have to be a scientist to read it. Weir has an amazing way of writing the science to be completely understandable for the reader. He’ll always explain what he’s saying so you know for sure what he’s talking about. Also, if some things do go over your head a little, it’s not a big deal, this happened to me sometimes and I just kept going, not every little scientific procedure is essential to understand! Plus, when you finish this book you can use really cool words like oxygenator, MDV, Schiaparelli, and EAV.
The Martian is written in log entries by Mark that tells you what he’s done during that sol and what he’s planning to do to survive in the future. It was genius of Weir to write Mark this way, because you can really get into Mark’s head and see what he’s thinking and you also feel super connected to his character. Mark is the funniest character I have ever read about, despite the terrifying situation he was in. I was literally laughing and smiling the whole time!! Mark is so easy to care about and really feel for, whenever something went wrong or things didn’t look so good for Mark, I would be groaning and covering my face with my hands. I need my own personal Mark Watney.
So far I’ve talked about the writing and our main character, but I haven’t really mentioned what I thought about the story itself. The storyline is so intriguing and interesting, I guarantee you will not be able to stop thinking about it. Thinking about being on Mars alone is absolutely terrifying, especially when no one knows to save you. The whole book is a crazy tale of survival with so many twists and turns it would be impossible to count. I applaud Andy Weir for thinking of a story so complex and then executing it beautifully.
After raving about this book for four paragraphs, I think it’s time to tell you that The Martian is becoming a movie and will be shown in theaters in November of this year *screams*. The movie is directed by Ridley Scott and is starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney (omg), Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels and more. I have super high hopes for this movie, I really want it to live up to the novel! Maybe I’ll do a movie review when it comes out!
As you could probably guess, I gave The Martian a perfect 5/5 stars. Honestly I would give it a million/5 stars, but that’s not very professional, right? Anyways, go pick up this book! Hopefully reading this review made you a little more interested in the science-fiction genre, because it’s so awesome and not something to be afraid of.
Have you read The Martian? Or anything similar, I would love to have some new space sci-fi recommendations!