I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Martian by Andy Weir is the best read I’ve had in years. Others have said it before: Awesome story; excellent research with a very plausible plot; and subtle snark and humor that just work. I looked at the Amazon page for this novel, and of the over 7,500 reviews, 5,500 are five star. That leaves almost 1,500 four-star reviews and a touch over 500 for the remaining rating levels.
I really don’t know what else I can say about The Martian that the reviewers on Amazon haven’t said already, but there could be one or two of you out there that value my opinion on reading suggestions. Regular readers of my blog know I love sci-fi, even bad sci-fi. I’m also a Trekkie or a Trekker (I don’t personally get the derision between the two camps, but whatever.)
The Martian is akin to stories like Robinson Caruso or (I think) more accurately Cast Away. We celebrate the protagonist, Mark Watney’s accomplishments, and Andy Weir did a great job foreshadowing the failures. I saw these failures on the horizon and cringed as I read them, feeling for Mark Watney. I laughed out loud at the quirky sense of humor as the story unfolded.
The technical aspects were easy to understand. The writing kept me engaged through out and the ending was satisfying. If you like hard sci-fi, sci-fi, thrillers or action/adventure, then you’ll like The Martain by Andy Weir.