Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BR: The Martian

by Andy Weir

There's this movie being made with Matt Damon, directed by Ridley Scott, and all these other famous people. So of course, I read the book (check out that sick cover).

Summary (goodreads):

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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?

My Thoughts:

This one was so good. It might be the hype machine, my love for science, or the ass-clenching last 30 or so pages, but wow, I loved it. I'll be the first to admit that I can probably count on one hand the number of sci-fi books I have read and/or remember reading, but this one has seriously stuck with me. When I pass by it in a bookstore or a grocery store, I'll stop and read a few pages/a chapter/the last 40 pages *shifts eyes*.

You know the docking scene in Interstellar? Andy Weir manages to conjure up the same crazy tension with WORDS. WORDS, you guys, they're kinda great. I loved Mark Watney, he's freaking awesome. I loved the science aspect of this, it's hard to explain, but it's like its own living breathing thing. There's this global feel as you do get to bounce back to Earth at some points in the book, and you really get this swell of affection for humankind.

I'm not one for writing reviews anymore, but well, here's just a recommendation. There's one book on my "best of 2015" bookshelf on Goodreads, and it's this one.

Here's the trailer (but it's kind of spoilery!):