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?
February 11, 2014  |  385 pages
(Read from Aug 7, 2015 to Aug 9, 2015)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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This was an excellent merger of two of my interests / favourite reading topics: a good survival story and space. I found myself immersed in not only the fate of Watney, but also intrigued by the science / research involved in getting him through his myriad of ordeals. Reading through the final chapter and the and of the book I finally realized that it has been a very long time since I have been so concerned about an individual book characters well-being!  (+5 votes)