Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir  369 pp.

I haven't seen the movie because I wanted to read the book first on the recommendation of my son. I listened to the audiobook version. In spite of all the explanations of technological problems, which got a bit tedious after awhile, I liked this story. Astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on the planet Mars when the rest of his crew leaves believing he is dead. Watney is sure he is going to die there but is not giving up without fighting for his life. No one is searching for him until a satellite photo shows evidence that he is still alive. A desperate effort is made by NASA to mount a rescue mission before Watney runs out of the precious resources needed to keep him alive. The tale is told mostly from Watney's point of view in his daily logs and is full of dark humor and sarcasm. Since this is a story of survival and human perseverance it appeals to readers who are not Sci-Fi fans.

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