Thursday, November 5, 2015

Book Review-The Martian

When I was in high school I read a lot of Science Fiction:  Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, etc.  Later, I didn't read as much in that genre, but never forgot my love of those books.  Recently when I was in a movie theater I saw a trailer for The Martian with Matt Damon.  It looked really good, so I thought I'd read the book before seeing the movie.
The Martian by Andy Weir is set in the not-too-distant future.  NASA is starting to explore Mars and is sending waves of astronauts to the planet.  During the second mission a severe storm pops up and the crew is forced to leave.  Thinking one of the crew is dead, they take off.  Trying to retrieve the body would have put the whole crew at risk, so they decide to leave without the body.  As it turns out, he is not dead, only unconscious.  He was hit by flying debris that damaged his space suit so it stopped sending his vital stats, making it look to the rest of the crew like he was dead.  Mark takes in his situation and puts his training and natural problem solving skills to work.
I really enjoyed this book.  The author included a lot of science, which was interesting to read.  The book was very suspenseful, too.  The story was told in the first person by Mark, and in the third person telling the story of the ground crew and the mission crew as they all worked on how to save Mark.  This would appeal to people who like Science Fiction as well as people who enjoy reading about science in general.  It kept me on the edge of my seat and reading past my bedtime!

The Martian
The Martian
By Weir, Andy
2014-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780804139021 Check Our Catalog
Alex Awards (2015), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), John W. Campbell Memorial Award (2015), Thriller Awards (2015)

When a freak dust storm brings a manned mission to Mars to an unexpected close, an astronaut who is left behind fights to stay alive. …More

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