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The Martian

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An absolutely riveting adventure about an astronaut stranded on Mars and what he must do to survive. White-knuckle, nail-biting sci-fi adventure at its best. You will never look at a potato the same way after reading this.
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Review:

“One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten.” Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy

Review:

“A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island. Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

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"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

Review:

The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13.” Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One

Review:

“Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter.” Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer

Review:

“The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen.” Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country

Review:

"Strong, resilient, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down." Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception and The Columbus Affair

Review:

“An excellent first novel…Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike [and] keeps the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.” Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

Review:

"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds." Booklist

Review:

“Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery….Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.” Kirkus

Review:

"Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel...by placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure." Library Journal (starred)

About the Author

Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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Reader Eternal, June 14, 2014 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This novel is a fantastical thrill ride that I didn't want to end. It's the story of an astronaut stranded alone on Mars with no real hope of rescue. The desolation and loneliness of this impossible situation is interspersed with fascinating details about the struggle to survive in such an unforgiving place. Mark's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dogged determination to live are simply breathtaking. This story will move you and renew your faith in the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
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Paul K, February 16, 2014 (view all comments by Paul K)
The Martian is a modern Sci-Fi story that reads as a historical novel brought back in time. What makes this book so great is that author did his Research on what equipment NASA has and could have in the near future for a trip to Mars. Do the astronauts travel by magical warp engines? No, they use very real ion drive technology. Do they use magic terraforming to colonize bits of Mars? No way! They use technology that we have today to set up camps on Mars. All of these details make this sci-fi novel a great read, because you're drawn into a scenario in your mind where this plot is very, very real. The book is written from the perspective of one astronaut writing journal entries, with some interspersed first-person narrative from within NASA. I thought this style gave deep insight into the main character's trials on Mars, but that it also sometimes got a bit hard to read, since the journal entries almost felt too personal. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this book, and I hope you do too!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804139021
Author:
Weir, Andy
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140211
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.41 x 6.44 x 1.3 in 1.3 lb

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Product details 384 pages Crown - English 9780804139021 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An absolutely riveting adventure about an astronaut stranded on Mars and what he must do to survive. White-knuckle, nail-biting sci-fi adventure at its best. You will never look at a potato the same way after reading this.

"Review" by , “One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten.”
"Review" by , “A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island. Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
"Review" by , "The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel."
"Review" by , The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13.”
"Review" by , “Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter.” Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer
"Review" by , “The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen.”
"Review" by , "Strong, resilient, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down."
"Review" by , “An excellent first novel…Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike [and] keeps the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.”
"Review" by , "Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."
"Review" by , “Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery….Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.”
"Review" by , "Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel...by placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure."
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