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?
I’m not a huge fan of science, and this book was full of a lot of scienc-y things. But I kept hearing how good it was, and I received a free copy from Blogging for Books for review, so I decided to give it a chance. Boy, am I glad I did! If it weren’t for all the foul language (like a LOT), this one would have been 5 stars for me. I loved Mark Watney. Loved his sense of humor, his nerdyness, and his survivalist attitude! I loved rooting for him, and kept reading “just a little more” so I could see what happened next. It will be interesting to see how they portray all the journaling in the based-on-the-book movie coming soon. There’s not a lot of dialogue. Should be interesting!
Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers? Yes. It’s worth the read if you can look past the language.
Would I recommend this to my teenage daughter? No. Too much potty-mouth. I know she hears it at school, but no need to overexpose.
4 of 5 stars.