Author: Andy Weir
Source: Blogging for Books, Bought
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: The narrator, the story, the humor – everything was fantastic!
If someone had to be stranded on Mars, Mark Watney was a great choice. Only someone with his mad botany and engineering skills could possibly stay alive, with no way to communicate with Earth and too few supplies to wait on a rescue mission. And only someone with his phenomenal sense of humor could survive the solitude without going insane. These two traits also made him a wonderful protagonist to read about. Being stranded on Mars could make for a depressing, hopeless story. Instead, I spent the whole book laughing or on the edge of my seat rooting for Mark to survive each new challenge.
Me being me, I have to comment on the science in this book, which I thought was very well done. The general principles seemed sound and I think you could learn some interesting basic science by reading this book. I’m not sure all the ways Mark applies the science could work and according to my aerospace engineer fiance there are a few small problems with them. Everything sounded reasonable enough that nothing bothered me though and I suspect this will be true for most readers. The biggest problem I had with the science bits was that they were a little hard to follow as an audiobook. Sometimes I just wanted to read them to make sure I understood what was going on! I would actually still recommend this as an audiobook though, especially if you don’t care too much about the details of the science. The narrator was perfect for this book. His delivery of Mark’s jokes was spot on, which was a big part of why reading this book was such a fun experience.