Lena’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: February 2014
Maybe it’s because I haven’t read much Science-Fiction yet, and my “genre experience” is so low that anything highly impresses me. But on the other hand, this novel is already a bestseller, so maybe I’m not that far off. I really enjoyed this book. It was gripping, made me see where one would use all that chemistry stuff I was so bad at in school, and on top of all of that, this book was funny.
This is a survival story. The astronaut Mark Watney is left behind on Mars after his crew members thought him dead, and had to save themselves. But he is not. And now he has to survive on a planet that is constantly trying to kill him.
Andy Weir depicted the survival process without shying away from technical, chemical or other matter, (that anyone – ME – who flunked those subjects in school would be at his mercy to believe). He created an intelligent protagonist, which I enjoyed immensely! How often do you get a character nowadays that really uses his grey cells? – no reference to Hercule Poirot intended but very fitting, as you will know if you have read the novel – a protagonist who solves problems with knowledge and intelligence, and not with gut feeling and just rushing-things-because-the-author-couldn’t-think-of-an-intelligent-way-to-solve-this-problem. And on top of it, he’s funny. I know, it’s almost unrealistic. He is also a botanist, so maybe that evens things out a bit.
This was a gripping and thrilling story. I liked the writing style and the changes of perspective (except that time when the ramp began to narrate, you just knew what was coming). But nevertheless, the strong point of this novel was the story and premise. I am really curious to read more by Andy Weir and hope he gets another novel published!
Originally, this book was self-published in 2011, but obviously it was so good that a publisher picked it up. Also, the latest news is that it is to be released as a movie, directed by Ridley Scott, who is not new to Science-Fiction. Matt Damon is to play our main protagonist Mark Watney. What’s more, The Martian is the Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 winner in the Science-Fiction category.
Have you read The Martian? What did you think about it?