The Martian: A Novel

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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 nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he 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.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
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Brianna Chick
August 8, 2016
This is the first book in a while that I genuinely didn't want to put down. From start to finish, I was intrigued by this book. It is a very well-written survival story with just the right amount of humor. It was heartwarming to read about how everyone was trying to keep this one man alive, while also seeing how Watney never seemed to lose hope of being rescued. I would recommend this book to anyone. If you're a lover of science and space, you'll definitely love this book. If you're more like me and aren't as interested in space but are looking for a good book to read, you should pick this one up.
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Joshua Craft
January 30, 2016
I would compare it to the swashbuckling seafaring tale of Herman Melville, R. L. Stevenson, or Defoe's Robinson Crusoe except that it lacks the nearly unreadable descriptions of menial things. Imagine Weir describing the grains of Mars sand or ten page long description of Phobus. This book was excellent nerdy exciting and a good read. I would have given the book 5 stars if I could have read it to my 10 year old son. (He would have really dug the science) Unfortunately the language is prohibitive of this.
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John Johnson
November 24, 2017
I read this book about 16 months ago, (soon as it released).... This was one of my best reads.... I was a big Michael Creighton fan with his research and detail to science and fact. Andy Weir was as good; I could hardly believe I found someone as good as Michael. More amazing was for this to be his first release novel. This guy has a super future ahead of him and a loyal fan who couldn't wait for his next novel. This was a great book with great facts and fantastic humor. I have never laughed aloud reading befor THE MARTIAN. I can't say enough about my enjoyment in this read. Thank You for your work on this novel....
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About the author

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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