Blurb: 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 and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
So, I had heard a fair bit about this book, and it was on a lot of peoples top 10 favourites of 2015, so I figured I would give it a go. Now, I mainly read contemporary books. By mainly, I mean I solely read contemporary books. So The Martian was quite different for me considering it is a Science Fiction book. I had heard that there was a lot of sciencey stuff in it, but that it was so funny you could overlook all the science stuff. But that wasn't really true for me. I did think it was funny, and I did enjoy the book but the science aspect of it was so damn boring for me and considering about 95% of the book contained science lingo, it made the book quite a boring read.
I think that for someone who is interested in Science and space, this book would be fantastic. Personally, I preferred the movie so much more. I think Matt Damon did a really good job of playing Mark Watney and everything just made so much more sense than in the book.
Mark Watney was a very interesting character. I loved his sense of humour, it was very sarcastic which is kind of like me. But I also loved how he dealt with things that happened. That aspect of it was pretty entertaining to me.
I also think a part of me not enjoying the books as much was because I listened to it on audio book. At the start, it was really helpful listening to it because of the science lingo stuff that was happening, but after a while when you started getting the different P.O.V's from NASA and from the crew, it all got a bit confusing who was who. So for that part, I think reading the actual book is much better over the audiobook.
I do think this is a book anyone could enjoy, however if you're like me and have no interest in the science aspect of it, maybe go for something else. It still boggles my mind how so many people who normally read contemporary have marked this as their favourite book ever. I just don't understand.
Anyway, that's all I really have to say. I'm interested to know if you read this and if you were like me and didn't enjoy it all that much, or if it is now one of your favourites. Let me know!
Would I recommend? Yes
If you are interested in reading this book but don't want to spend the money. There is actually a free version online as at the end of the book, it states that "Redistribution of this e-book is permitted, so long as it is distributed for free." So there you have it. You can download the book here. You're welcome :)
Overall Rating: 3/5
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