Mark Watney has just realized he’s been stranded on Mars after his crew members, believing he died during a wind storm, left him there. Stuck on Mars with no way to contact anyone, Mark doesn’t let the bleak odds defeat him. Mark’s not a pessimistic guy, he’s able to think quickly and his engineering and botanist knowledge are all fortunate features/skills to possess if there is any chance to make it off the red planet alive.
The Martian by Andy Weir is a surprisingly funny, witty, quick paced book. The main character’s personality is key to his likability as well as the plausibility for the story itself. The book starts out being told from Watney’s perspective and Weir does a good job of bringing in mission control’s role at the right time. A book told solely from and about one character could get boring quickly, even if there is a good amount of humor and unexpected situations. Having the mission control side of the story come into play helped keep this book moving and added the extra bits of suspense.
The humor was a favorite part of this book for me. Giving Mark a wicked sense of humor made for fun reading. If the main character would have been serious, practical, and regimented, I don’t think it would have been successful. To be stuck in such a hopeless situation I think you’d have to find a way to keep positive, why continue trying otherwise? A few parts of the book got a bit too technical for my taste and I found myself skimming a few paragraphs every so often. The last 100 pages moved very fast and was suspenseful even though I could tell how it would end. Watney faces success and failure over and over again and finding out how/if he overcomes each circumstance made for an interesting story.
The end of the book featured some background on the author and his insight into his writing, which I thought was a great thing to include. It provided an extra insight into the author and why he choose to write Mark Watney as he did. The Martian is an entertaining book that is interesting and suspenseful and a very fun read.