The Martian

Paperback, 369 pages

English language

Published Nov. 13, 2015 by Del Rey.

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4 stars (10 reviews)

I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Habitat breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. I'm screwed. --back cover

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reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir

Fun read.

4 stars

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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4 stars

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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