Friday, September 4, 2015

The Martian

18007564Six 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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?
I was very leery of this book. I have picked up similar books like this and they were  much to sci fi for me, but this one is different. The sciencey stuff is all explained in a way my non science major brain can understand (mostly) and not feel like an idiot. I  loved how this was written and Mark makes this book so much better by being very sarcastic the whole time. It was a well thought out plot and had enough good and bad things happen to Mark that it didn't feel unrealistic. Like not everything was bad or everything good happened either, it had a good mix of both. Overall, a great story told with a lot of humor and had a good ending and was overall a great read, just not everyone's piece of cake. 
I recieved this book for review through Blogging for Books.

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