Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get him first.
But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
I'm actually a fan of science fiction and space stories, but I was worried that I was going to feel really stupid while reading it. I'm not stupid, but I'm not a scientist either. I was pleasantly surprised.
One thing that I really enjoyed about this book - it is hilarious. I highlighted so many quotes.
When I was first reading it I was wondering how the heck they'd be able to keep things going for 400ish pages with just Mark's logs. Then it switched POV, and I realized I would be getting a broader perspective of everything that was going on. I was quite impressed by it. This was, hands down, my favorite book that Sofia has forced upon me under the guise of her bookclub.
I'm not really a fan of movies in general, but I will have to go see this one when it comes out in theaters. Everyone needs to read this book immediately! I've been recommending it to pretty much everyone.