The Martian

The Martian

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Book - 2014
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"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?" --
Publisher: New York, N. Y. : Crown, [2014], c2011.
ISBN: 9780553418026
0553418025
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Weir Andy 02/2014
Characteristics: 369 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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JCLEmilyD Jan 25, 2017

This is a hands-down fabulous book! It’s an adventure. In space. On Mars. What more do you need??! But on top of that it’s witty and science-y with a hint of impending doom.

A snarky engineer who solves problems with science and hard work? Mark Watney would fit in well with the Flash and his S.T.A.R. Labs friends.

Lorie - suggests this for those looking for "hard science" science fiction.

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JCLAxelF Nov 16, 2015

This is a great read. The writing is fast paced and compelling but not so on edge and stressful that it hurts to read it. The characters are authentic and fun and its easy to empathize with them. Mark, the main character, is an everyday kind of guy that surviving by his wits and luck alone. Best ... Read More »

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JCLKenW Oct 03, 2015

Astronaut stranded on Mars after accident - challenges he faces as he tries to survive and reconnect with Earth for rescue. Irreverent humor throughout. MacGyver approach to skills used to survive.


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sgang624
Jul 08, 2017

The Martian is a suspenseful and nail-biting novel which keeps the reader on his/her toes as Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut with a background in biology, struggles to cope with living on Mars after he is abandoned by his crew as they think he was killed due to a deadly dust storm. Surprise, surprise!...Watney is still alive. After waking up from the storm, Watney has to use his skill set to find a way to make food and water, and communicate with Earth, as scientists can help give him supplements until they find out a way to save him. Even though Watney is struggling to find a way back home, he still finds time to make up witty jokes. The best part of this novel is how realistic everything is. The author, Andy Weir, had to research for a few years to make the story as convincing as possible at the same time appealing to a variety of audiences, even people who do not understand science well. However, there is quite a bit of profanity, so I recommend this for more mature readers. If you are a mature fan of science fiction who has not read this novel or has only seen the movie, I suggest that you should try reading this novel whenever you get the time.

AL_MARCIA Jun 13, 2017

I really liked this book - it was very entertaining and scientific at the same time. It was a pleasure following Mark through his challenges while stranded on Mars. A must read!

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kaylalgreen
Apr 03, 2017

I love this movie so I figured it was necessary to read the book. What can I say? I love science fiction. I love a good adventure and multiple problems. I love sarcasm. I love humour. This story just sat really well with me. This will be a book that I buy so that I can read it over and over again.

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hvalmeo
Mar 13, 2017

I enjoyed the movie a lot, but I liked the book even better for three reasons. First, the pacing of the story and the dialogue were superb. Second, the scientific explanations were accessible even if one is not a rocket scientist. Really grabbed the nerd in me. Lastly, the hero and all the other characters were clearly drawn and engaging. I highly recommend this book.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

I liked this book. I did not love it, but I did not hate it either. Good job on a "realistic" science-fiction book. The engineering and math problems are genuinely "real" problems an astronaut might face in a situation such as this.

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2016Outback
Jan 27, 2017

An very interesting take regarding human ingenuity and survival in a hostile environment - Mars!

JCLEmilyD Jan 25, 2017

This is a hands-down fabulous book! It’s an adventure. In space. On Mars. What more do you need??! But on top of that it’s witty and science-y with a hint of impending doom.

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swheeler89
Jan 04, 2017

While the author often bogged the reader down with scientific ramblings (just tell me if the hab is ok or that potatoes can grow!) he saved himself with Watney's humor and likability. I will be renting the movie soon to see how Matt Damon could possibly portray this brilliant character!

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loudem
Dec 31, 2016

A book like this could and would have been boring to death was is not for what saved it, levity. Humour saved the book. More than plain humour, it was juvenile humour that rendered this book most readable, even if most scientific going-ons were lost on most. This humour coming out of this matured man doing a very serious job in a impossible situation is just brilliant. It kept me laughing and rooting loudly for the guy. Very impressive.

Despite the fact that it took me a month to get the whole book read from start to finish, I really enjoyed two different perspectives: the narrator and the character Mark Watney. Mark was a very excellent logical scientist who was an astronaut that was stranded on Mars as a lone survivor. It's like "Life of Pi" except... it isn't about the tiger, boat and the ocean. You get the point: it's a sci-fi edition of it all. NASA can't wait to get their hands on the book, and realized there will be the Mars mission trip planned in the 2030s which is not bad after the reading. Mark logged to Earth, and the humans communicated with what's going on with life on a red planet. Can he be saved by the team of NASA co-workers?

Before I read this, I understand that it's super overrated and that the movie was already out last year, so my school listed it for 2016-17 main reads at the college library. After reading it, I was like... it was most likely to be named the 21st century classic of our time because the author was knowledgeable of science and he took it to the next level, thus making it realistically a bestseller. (It was published first as an ebook in 2011, but 3 years later, it came out in print.) All in all, like I did: I encourage you to read this book before you see the movie! It's definitely worth it to feed your mind.

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AddisonLiu
Aug 07, 2016

Yes, of course of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.

You know what? "kilowatt-hours per sol" is a pain in the ass to say. I'm gonna invent a new scientific name. one kilowatt-hour per sol is...it can be anything...um...I suck at this...I'll call it a "pirate-ninja"."

As with most of life's problems, this can be solved with a box of pure radiation.

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braedenmillanes09
Jul 06, 2016

"Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it's turned into a nightmare." - Mark Watney

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SueStarlight
Jan 26, 2016

SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SIGNAL ACQUIRED . . .

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

The cast in space:

“Beck said (to sister Amy.) “Everyone has multiple roles. I’m the doctor, the biologist, and the EVA specialist. Commander Lewis is our geologist. Johanssen is the sysop and reactor tech. And so on”
How about that good-looking guy … Martinez?” Amy asked. “What does he do?”
“He pilots the MDV and MAV.” Beck said. “He’s also married with a kid, you lecherous homewrecker.”
“Ah well How about Watney? What did he do?”
“He’s our botanist and engineer. And don’t talk about him in the past tense.”
“Engineer? Like Scotty?”
“Kind of.” Beck said. “He fixes stuff.”
“I bet that’s coming in handy now.”
“Yeah, no shite.”

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

More Dilbert-like humor:

They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!

I need to ask myself, 'What would an Apollo astronaut do?' He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.

Me: “This is obviously a clog. How about I take it apart and check the internal tubing?”
NASA: (after five hours of deliberation) “No. You’ll freak it up and die.” So I took it apart.

“How did I end up in this situation? I’m the district sales manager of a napkin factory. Why is my daughter in space?”

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (2 of 3):
People have been using human waste as fertilizer for centuries. It’s even got a pleasant name: “night soil.” … My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.

The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations. The tiny lump on your side that wasn’t there before Coming home to your wife and seeing two wineglasses in the sink. Anytime you hear “We interrupt this program…”

I did turn the heat back on (I’m not insane), … Waking up to frigid weather felt surprisingly nostalgic. I grew up in Chicago, after all.

The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid.” I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.
I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (3 of 3):

WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)

Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.

“Venkat’s got a doctorate in physics, Tim,” Bruce said. “You don’t need to explain transmission time to him.”
Tim shrugged. “You can never tell with managers.”

It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock: That rock hadn't moved in a million years!

“How are our monkeys?” “The children are fine.” She smiled.

If I can’t trust NASA, who can I trust?

I got really bored, so I decided to pick a theme song! … There are plenty of great candidates: “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
But I settled on “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (1 of 3:)
“I admit it’s fatally dangerous,” Watney said. “But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.”

Live Another Sol would be an awesome name for a James Bond movie.“

I’ll drink as needed and dump my waste outdoors. Yeah, that’s right, Mars, I’m gonna piss and shxt on you. That’s what you get for trying to kill me all the time.

Just three words? Nothing about his physical health? His equipment? His supplies?'
'You got me,' she said. 'He left a detailed status report. I just decided to lie for no reason.'

Gay probe coming to save me. Got it.

I guess NAASA figured botany and chemistry are similar because they both end in “Y.”

“Space is dangerous,” Mitch snapped. “It’s what we do here. If you want to play it safe all the time, go join an insurance company…”

As my sole means of communication with NASA, Pathfinder gets to ride on the roof, Granny Clampett style.

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lonewolf8
Jun 25, 2015

No plan survives first contact with the enemy.

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Kyanite
May 31, 2015

"As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation."

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lonewolf8
Jun 28, 2015

NASA has the ability to send maned spacecraft to Mars and back, unfortunately one of the astronauts gets left behind and is mistaken for dead. Watney, now stranded on a hostile planet with limited resources attempts to make contact with NASA while faced with starvation, mechanical failure and any number of things that could kill him.

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lham19
Jun 13, 2015

Very nerdy and sciency. Full of wonder. The quick humor, fast-paced action, and cool-factor made it hard to put down and completely unforgettable

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AffirmationChick
Nov 06, 2015

Coarse Language: The first word of the book is an expletive and the author doesn't shy away, though they aren't pervasive

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vv8
Jun 13, 2015

Coarse Language: Profanity throughout

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