The Martian by Andy Weir
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
As with most if life’s problems, this one can be solved with a box of pure radiation.
I was prompted to read this by my roommate Meredith and her husband. I found it at the library this week and decided to give it a go.
I typically don’t read alot of hardcore space scifi. Mostly because it scares me. Because Aliens. And being alone. But this book was filled with science and DIY while tearing apart million dollar NASA equipment. And had a very good sense of humor. Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars after his crew leaves him behind because they thought he was dead. Not their fault. He is posed with little things like starvation, lack of communication, water issues and keeping things running. With a degree in Botany, he learns to despise potatoes and solve mechanical problems on the fly while his overall goal is: DON’T DIE.
This book was decently paced, filled with real viable science, and highly readable for the just starting to read scifi crew. It was very realistic and could totally happen. It’s like a worst case scenario simulation where everything that can go wrong, will, and that’s just the laws of the universe. I loved Mark’s sense or humor, ingenuity, and overall fix it attitude.
This book was readable and hard to put down. Even if Scifi isn’t your thing, I recommend it.
Part of it may be what I represent: progress, science, and the interplanetary future we’ve dreamed of for centuries. But really they did it because every human being has a basic instinct to help each other.