I requested a new book from the Blogging for Books site recently. The title of the book is “The Martian” which is the first book by author Andy Weir. I will post more info about the author at the end of the review. Just reading the title had me intrigued so I decided to give it a shot. It did not disappoint. I will follow my usual book review method by not revealing too much info as I know that the author would like for you to buy the book to see how it plays out!
This story follows an astronaut named Mark Watney who was part of a team of astronauts to finally walk on the surface of Mars! But 6 days into their mission, a major dust storm almost kills him. His crew assumes that he is dead so they evacuate the planet and head home to Earth. Mark is left stranded on Mars! The majority of the book is in first person in a log/diary style from Mark’s perspective. This method of writing really brings the story to life. So back to the story! Mark has no way to signal Earth that he is alive and supplies are scarce. How does he expect to survive? To his benefit, he was the botanist of the team and learns how to use the Martian soil and his own “fertilizer” and water to plant potatoes to grow more food inside the portable habitat the astronauts were living in.
The rest of the story is something I will not go into detail so you will buy the book and read it! I will tell you that the story follows Mark as he is determined to survive to find a way to contact home and somehow be rescued to return home to Earth. Mark goes through many struggles in his attempt to survive and the first person style of the story puts the reader directly in Mark’s shoes. I felt like I was there with Mark the whole way. I had a hard time putting this book down. Does Mark survive and make it home? Buy the book and find out! I promise you will not be disappointed!
NOTE: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.