Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted by Lesley Sackett Winfield

This science fiction novel is for science fiction fans that crave real science. While it's classified as science fiction, the story is far from escaping reality. A fun fact, this book was first self published and was re-released in 2014.

NASA astronaut Mark Watney, a botanist and mechanical engineer, is left stranded on Mars when the crew of the Ares 3 mission are forced to evacuate their landing site in Acidalia Planitia due to an intense dust storm with high winds. Watney is impaled by an antenna during the evacuation, destroying his flight space suit's bio-monitor computer, and his five crew-mates believe him to be dead. His injury proves relatively minor, but with no way to contact Earth, Watney must rely on his scientific and technical skills to survive, growing potatoes in the crew's Martian habitat (or Hab) and burning hydrazine to make water.

The book is set up in a series of logs, taking the reader through life on Mars and what it might actually take to survive. Mark Watney had me laughing out loud in many parts of this book, and riveted to my seat in others. I highly recommend you read this book before you see the movie, but even if you end up seeing the movie first, it's wort the read!