Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. He was left by accident because of an accident that made everyone think he was dead. Left to his own devices he must somehow stay alive because that’s what our survival instincts tell us to do and we, no matter how unimaginable, hope for rescue. “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.” This is Andy Weir’s first novel plot in a nutshell.
I have to admit that sometimes my eyes glazed over with the meticulous scientific explanations of Watney’s survival techniques, but overall it was worth it. If you are the type of person who likes science and problem solving, you will love this book. However, if you are the type of person who is looking for a great deal of relationship bonding or deep personal interaction than this book is probably not for you.
Bottom line, I enjoyed the book. It had the right amount of science fiction, humor and suspense without any aliens or zombies (thank goodness!). It also buoyed up my belief that when given a choice in a crisis, people will tend to help one another out.
Two small quibbles: Strong language (was it necessary?) is used at times and the technical jargon was a little steep. Overall it was a good read. I understand the book has been purchased for the movie rights. I’ll pay to see it. Mark Wahlberg as Mark Watney? (Actually no, Matt Damon) The movie is scheduled for release November 25, 2015.