Ho-lee. CRAP. Those were literally the first words out of my mouth when I finished The Martian by Andy Weir. I won’tOriginally posted at Always, Lissa
Ho-lee. CRAP. Those were literally the first words out of my mouth when I finished The Martian by Andy Weir. I won’t beat around the bush. I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this book. I devoured it (well, as much as I could with many 4am shifts in my way). I’m pretty sure that I annoyed my roommate with just how much I broke out into loud and uncontrollable laughter, not to mention with how much I was raving about the novel. As soon as I saw the book and read the back, I knew I wanted to read it. However, I waited for awhile because my expectations were high and I was worried that it would be like “Castaway” but in space – great concept, not so great execution. That was not the case here at all.
In order for a story that is primarily about a character stuck in an isolated area – whether it be an island, a cave, space, etc. – you have to have a character with a really strong personality and Mark Watney is the epitome of that. Strong opinions, a fantastic sarcastic sense of humor, and arsenal of smart ass comments and skyrocketing intelligence, he’s the whole package. I was also slightly worried about the science-y factor, not to mention the math factor, after all I’m not a genius nor do I have a science background. However as technical as a lot of it could be, it was broken down quite a bit and while there is no way that I could ever “science the shit” out of a mission to mars, I was able to at least follow along and not feel lost. In fact, the science intrigued me (just as it does in Michael Crichton books).
Throughout the course of “The Martian” I felt all the emotions. I laughed like a hyena, my heart felt like it stopped during several of the more action-packed moments, I even felt some of the loneliness and despair that Mark would mention. And most of all, I was rooting for him the whole time. I never wanted to put down this book and quite literally fell in love with it. I highly recommend “The Martian” to anyone even remotely interested in space survival books. You will not be disappointed and I cannot wait for Andy Weir’s next book, whatever it may be....more
I cannot tell a lie. The cover is what drew me in first. It’s not the most colorful cover. Or even the most beautiful, but it certainly stands out and it caught my eye immediately. I hungrily read the synopsis and as soon as I did, I was so intrigued that I knew I had to buy it as soon as it released. I mean, zombies? A post-apocalyptic world? A romance of unusual proportions? And zombies?! Wait, did I already say? Oops. Yes, I was all over this book. With all the books that I read last year, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion was my absolute favorite read of 2011.
Warm Bodies is definitely a unique creation. While romance stories are a dime a dozen, how many of them feature a somewhat freshly turned zombie as their romantic lead? Not many, that’s for sure. Post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels are hugely popular and zombies seem to be in rather large demand nowadays. But a Twilight-esque novel featuring zombies, this is not. Marion’s debut work is thought-provoking, filled with striking and memorable quotes as well as several very humorous moments, and features one of the most unique, and surprising, romantic leads that I’ve ever read about.
R was a refreshing change from your typical, plasticine, Harlequin-esque Lotharios. And not just because he’s a brain-munching zombie. While outwardly he may be monosyllabic, his mind is filled with witty ruminations, lyrical descriptions and flowing verse. He dislikes his need for human brains, his want to kill, but accepts it as his nature. R is so genuine and likeable that it is hard to fault him for his killings when it’s what must be done for survival. R knows that he is different from his zombie brethren. While the rest of the zombie clan is content to wander aimlessly for hours, grunting and drooling, R listens to records, saves relics from his human life and sits in cars trying to remember how to drive.
It is when R kills, and eats the brains of, a human named Perry that he starts to actually relive parts of Perry’s life in his own mind and first sees a glimpse of Julie, the dead boy’s girlfriend. When R actually meets her in person, she is about to be killed and eaten by his fellow zombies, and for reasons that R does not understand, he saves Julie’s life and hides her in the airport that he calls home.
The relationship between R and Julie isn’t the steamy, torrid affair that most romances are made out to be. Julie is at first appalled by what R is and R is mostly intrigued by this girl that represents the life he once knew. The two form a timid friendship that slowly blossoms into a deep and heartfelt connection as they fight against both, a terrifying, rotting army of cruel skeletons and what is left of the military hellbent on destroying all zombies.
Warm Bodies is not simply a story of the bleak future of the world to come. It’s a story of tentative love and of having hope during a time when it seems like there is none to be had. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s a quick read and one that will stay with you for quite some time afterwards. Warm Bodies will make you appreciate what you have in the world and will make you think and even laugh. Yes, there are descriptions of blood, gore and brain-eating but quite honestly, if you have watched a bloody horror film, you’ll be able to handle the “gore” in this book....more