Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Martian

By Andy Weir

Astronaut Mark Watney is assisting his team during a violent sandstorm on Mars when he is speared by an antennae, thrown and buried in the dust. His life signs show that he has died. The rest of the team is ordered to abort the mission and leave without recovering Watney’s body because their ship is about to tip due to the ferocious velocity of the wind. Later, the plot thickens when NASA discovers that Watney is alive via satellite photos of the Mars landing site. He has been abandoned on Mars….and this all happens in the first few pages! With Watney’s limited food supply and damaged equipment, the NASA team needs to devise a plan to rescue their lost astronaut while the entire world is watching.

This sci-fi thriller is well-suited to geeks (scientists, geologists, mathematicians, chemists) as well as those who enjoy a story about the unstoppable tenacity of the human spirit.

Watney is clever in a MacGyver sort of way (duct tape!) while maintaining his hilarious and irreverent wit at all times.

This book is being made into a movie starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney.

Couldn’t put it down!

~ Paula

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