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Books of the Month 2019 > The Martian - December 2018 ~Spoilers Allowed~

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Nikki ~ The Nocturnal Bookworm (nyxreadsstuff) Discussion thread for The Martian, by Andy Weir. Spoilers are allowed in here.

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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and 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 — and 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?

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D Dyer | 66 comments I read this not too long ago and liked it much more than I expected to. Usually, hard SF is not my favorite science fiction subgenre. But this had so much more humor than I expected it to have and the science was explained in a way that made it understandable for me as someone who sometimes gets bored with too much of the technical. I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t know how the book compares to it but I actually want to see the movie now which is saying something.
Also, duct tape deserves that much praise.

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