Review: The Martian by Andy Weir


Here’s the description from

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.

It took me long enough to finally read this one!!  The final push came when my friend/former coworker read it in a weekend and came in dying to talk about it.  She gave me so much hell so I finally picked it up!

It really is as good as everyone says.  I haven’t seen the movie yet so I don’t know how it compares, but if it’s anything like the book then I’m looking forward to seeing it!

So the book is full of science/techy stuff, but it is not bland and boring.  Somehow (that I still can’t seem to explain) Weir found a way to tell an edge-of-your-seat story why also including detailed descriptions of all the electronic/technological/scientific things that Mark has to deal with to stay alive.  It’s a really good thing those astronauts get a lot of training.

My friend and I were talking and we were both like “we would totally die immediately!!” and then right after we were like “well, that’s why NASA would NEVER choose us to go into space.”

This is just a fantastic book, and it’s the sort of thing you can recommend to a lot of people with different tastes.  The fiance for example can be hard to book shop for.  But I know he’ll enjoy this one.  I’ve been bugging him to get started 🙂

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Date of Publication: 2014
Genre: Fiction
Source: Personal Copy

About Kelly

Hi! My name’s Kelly. I’m a twenty-something gal from Buffalo, NY. Mom to a little dog named Peabody and a slightly evil cat named Archie. Engaged to the best dude ever. I love books and craft beer! I also love all things France and francophone and have a degree in French Language and Literature from Buffalo State College. My blog used to be called Kelly’s France Blog, but I finally decided it needed a change because I wasn’t posting about French things nearly as often as I used to! You can still see all my imported posts on A Book and a Beer, or you can visit my original blog at
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