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Jess (gingeryarnco) | 616 comments Mod
The winner of our Book vs. Movie poll. I started it a few days ago and I like it.

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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

Saray | 1 comments I read this a week before the movie came out, I loved the book I found it really funny and endearing. The movie on the other hand did not do it justice, I still find it hard to believe it was nominated for so many awards, it was so dull compared to the book.

Christy (cmh85) | 27 comments I enjoyed the book but I found it a tad overrated. I did laugh out loud multiple times which I didn't expect so that's always a plus. The movie is good, and I thought Matt Damon was good in it. But yeah, nothing amazing haha

Jess (gingeryarnco) | 616 comments Mod
I got bored during all the poop and dirt parts and started reading a historical romance instead. I'm going to try to knock a few more chapters of this out again now that I've gotten the Plantagenets out of my system a bit.

Knobby (knobbyknees) | 48 comments I liked it. It had a good balance of science, common sense, and humor. I saw the movie too and it was good (I like Maaaatt Damon *Team America voice*, what can I say?). Not sure if it was Oscar-nom worthy but I'm glad it was made, especially since it revived some interest in our space program.

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