Thursday, September 17, 2015
The Martian by Andy Weir - 387 pages
Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after an unfortunate impaling, and has to figure out how to survive being the first man to do nearly everything on the red planet. Mechanical failures, food shortages, and physics debacles abound in this story of one man against absolutely no actual martians.
This book was full of wry humor, sarcasm, near death experiences, and ultimately an uplifting (haha, a little astronaut humor) message about maintaining a constructive attitude in the face of severe potato shortages and explosive decompression. Sometimes veering into near-techno-speak, it was the kind of believable sci-fi that made me feel smart and space-saavy even though I'm not, and had me rooting for Watney all the way.