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The Martian by Andy Weir
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction
Read 2 times. Last read April 19, 2017 to April 24, 2017.

Enjoyed reading Andy Weir's The Martian. It was a great film - and the film follows the book fairly closely.

Due to an unfortunate combination of circumstances, Mark Whatney is left for dead on Mars, with the next scheduled trip in four years. He can't communicate with earth and he doesn't have enough food or other essentials to survive anywhere near that long. But he's a biologist mechanic engineer with a can-do attitude.

A large proportion of the book is Mark Watney's logs with occasional cuts to what's happening on earth or among Mark's teammates on the Ares (in transit to Earth). There's quite a bit of maths and science in this book as Mark figures out solutions to the hurdles he has to overcome. (It could make a great class text, though it is peppered with f-bombs.) There is also drama and humour. Sure the writing is a bit pedestrian at times - but it's a gripping, funny, engaging story that only occasionally stretched my sense of incredulity. Overall, I found it a great read. So, 4.5 stars.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Hardcover Edition)
August 17, 2016 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
August 17, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read (Hardcover Edition)
April 19, 2017 – Started Reading
April 19, 2017 – Shelved
April 19, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction
April 19, 2017 – Shelved as: science-fiction
April 24, 2017 – Finished Reading

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