The Martian by Andy Weir
My Ratings: 4/5
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?
I watched the movie first, and I absolutely loved it. I think the reason why I adore this movie was because yours truly loves adventures that are set in outer space. As the title suggests, our protagonist are stuck in a wasteland planet called The Mars. Left to his own devices, but refused to give up, Mark Watney continued to find ways to survive and to let people know that he is still very much alive.
What fascinates me the most is, his resilience to live when there’s no obvious ways to do so. Of course, in the book, there are thousands of scientific terminologies that make no sense. However, 60% of the story was super funny thanks to Mark who keep finding humor in everything he does.
His dire circumstances do not wear him down. He brainstorms almost every day and since Mark is a genius scientist; he found a solution for food rations that could last him close to 4 years. The process of getting there wasn’t a walk in the park, and watching him suffering and failing is awful.
The Earth is also looking for options to send rescue to the planet Mars when they realized that Mark is still alive. The discoveries and strategies are pretty amazing and educational. I really liked the plot in NASA (PR factors, press conferences, costing and budgeting, etc.) and the conflicts they face once they found out Mark is still alive.
Most Desirable Characters
Mark Watney, because he is funny and brilliant. His will to live is a value we should reflect on. In a way, we are all stuck in a planet called Mars.
Venkat/ Vincent Kapoor is hot, nuff said.
Most Non-Desirable Character
None, because everyone in one way or another rooted for the man to come back alive, so I love everybody. YAY!
This book ends in a happy note, but the ride was too thrilling. I bit off all my nails, held my breath longer than I should as I finish the climax. This is a must read book if you are looking for fast paced space adventure.