Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’s surface, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
Armed with nothing but his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–Mark embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
It’s been a while since I have written about this book, hasn’t it? It certainly feels that way.
Anyway, The Martian is one of the most amazing and fantastically funny books that I have ever read. It’s also a book that I would consider a favourite of mine. I didn’t know what exactly to expect from it going in, as I only knew that it’s about a guy that gets stuck on Mars for some reason. Don’t get me wrong, it was exactly that but also so much more!
Mark Watney is the single most hilarious and resourceful character that I have ever read about. As he is stuck on Mars by himself, he obviously encounters a lot of problems that he has to solve on his own. And man, does he solve them! He is highly intelligent and manages to come out of even the toughest situations. And, as I already mentioned, he is simply hilarious while doing it. It was a pleasure reading from his point of view.
This is a book I would recommend to everyone, no matter if they are a fan of science fiction or not. There are quiet a few technical terms and scientific explanations
(obviously I mean it’s about space and spaceships), but they are written in a way that’s easy to understand and it doesn’t take you out of the story. The Martian is simply amazing and everyone should definitely read it!