From the opening lines Andy Weir captured me and reeled me in:
“I’m pretty much f***ed. That’s my considered opinion. F***ed. Six days into what should be the greatest month of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.”
Okay, the character Mark Watney uses the “f” word right off the bat, but if you were in his situation, you might use it, too. For the record, I don’t recall him using profanity for the rest of the book, if that helps you.
Mark Watney is an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars when his crew makes a hasty retreat from the planet, assuming that Watney had died in a catastrophic accident. As you will learn throughout the novel, Watney is no stranger to catastrophe, but he’s also a genius and pretty darn lucky as well.
The novel is about Watney’s struggle to survive on Mars, and author Weir keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, cheering him on. He also keeps you laughing with Watney’s sarcasm and wit. I’d give this book 4 four stars, but the writing style is a bit too simplistic to merit the full four. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable book!
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014