Mark Watney is part of a Mars expedition that has been on planet for 6 of their 60 scheduled sols (days on Mars). When a strong sandstorm hits they have to evacuate and get back to their ship in orbit. Unfortunately, Mark is struck while they are walking to the transport and it appears that he has died. So the crew leaves. Meanwhile Mark wakes up – injured and alone on Mars. Now he has to find a way to survive until the next expedition is scheduled to arrive in several years! And, his means to communicate with Earth was damaged during the storm so no one even knows he is alive.
Listen, this could have been a stressful and sad read. But it isn’t. Mark is a resilient guy who has a sarcastic voice that works so well. The story ends up being one of hope with a lot of laughter along the way. This was one of my favorite reads this year which surprised the heck out of me. The science part can be a little overwhelming (unless you are Sheldon Cooper your eyes will probably cross) but it needs the detail so that the reader understands what Mark is dealing with. And, I have no idea if it’s accurate science but it is impressive!
Wanna get to know Mark? Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“Little Hab on the Prarie” – referring to his Martian home.
“In your face, Neil Armstrong!” – when he realizes some of the space records he is setting.
“Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won’t stay inside anymore.”
“I’m in the middle of a bunch of craters that form a triangle. I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, stuff on Mars should be named after me.”
I simply adored this book and recommend it to everyone. 5/5 stars.
Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.