Monday, January 25, 2016
Book Review: "The Martian" by Andy Weir
Clearly, there has been a lot of buzz about this book. Then there was the movie starring Matt Damon.... which went on to be nominated for all sorts of impressive awards. I wanted to see what the buzz was all about (before I saw the movie of course) but I was nervous - science fiction is not typically my thing. This book, however, was totally my thing.
I was hooked right from the start. The hopelessness of the Watney's situation, and the fact he kept his wits and sense of humor about him. The pacing is perfect. There are nice dramatic buildups to the major scenes with some calming, but important lows in between. I really enjoyed the character of Mark Watney. The way he is written makes me completely buy in to this totally outrageous situation. There is a lot of science discussed as well, but it is explained in such a way that even though I don't fully understand it, I didn't feel like it was making my head spin at all. The ending was incredibly intense, as I'm sure you can imagine. I loved every bit of the ride.
I can see this being an excellent movie, and I look forward to seeing it soon! This is great for adults and teens who enjoy science fiction, adventure and survival stories - especially peppered with humor.
by Andy Weir
Broadway Books, 2014. First published 2011.