The Martian

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Andy Weir: The Martian (Paperback, 2014, Broadway books)

Paperback, 369 pages

Published Nov. 13, 2014 by Broadway books.

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The Martian is a 2011 science fiction novel written by Andy Weir. It was his debut novel under his own name. It was originally self-published in 2011; Crown Publishing purchased the rights and re-released it in 2014. The story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in 2035 and must improvise in order to survive.

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Fun read.

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And probably at least semi realistic? Didn't like it as much as Project Hail Mary by the same author. This sorta read as a sequence of "oh crap, another thing went wrong" problems, followed by solutions. I'm certain this is realistic - or even still overly optimistic, given what they were surviving through - but kinda made for an overly long, repetitive narrative. I suspect this is part of why they cut some of these out of the movie (and to save time, but also it got repetitive). Nevertheless, a fun read if you enjoy sci-fi that sticks close to contemporary science.

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I would have found it more believable if at any point the protagonist was at all terrified about being stranded and pretty much guaranteed to die alone on a desolate alien hellscape instead of jovially overcoming incredible odds while cracking goofy jokes.

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