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The Martian

2014 . Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers . Andy Weir

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195 total

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909K total

About the book

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Brilliant . . . a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years . . . utterly compelling."--The Wall Street Journal The inspiration for the major motion picture 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? NAMED ONE OF PASTE'S BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE "A hugely entertaining novel [that] reads like a rocket ship afire . . . Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny, and resourceful characters in recent fiction."--Chicago Tribune "As gripping as they come . . . You'll be rooting for Watney the whole way, groaning at every setback and laughing at his pitchblack humor. Utterly nail-biting and memorable."--Financial Times

Year:

2014

Language:

English

Publisher:

Crown Publishers

Pages:

369

ISBN:

0804139024 (ISBN13: 9780804139021)

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Reviews

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Elliot C image

6 months ago

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A story that seems like lazy sci-fi on its face - man on a Mars mission gets abandoned with no hope for survival - but feels extremely realistic because of the author’s extensive research and investment. It’s very engineering-minded. If you like to understand the ways things are built, problem solve the seemingly impossible, or understand more about space, this is the book for you. If you’re hoping for cool aliens with blasters, this will be a total slog.

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Jack Finnegan

1 year ago

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I gobbled this book up! I was laughing out loud and getting funny looks from my roommates. It is so well written, it’s clever, and I want to read it again and again.

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Jake Sinnott

1 year ago

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Hard to beat the movie but the book does. Absolutely riveting novel.

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Pavan Vasava

8 months ago

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I really prefer to read this book

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