Mark Watney: fear his botany powers, appreciate his geeky humor, and wonder if he will ever survive being stranded on Mars.
A copy of this book is being passed around the GeekyLibrary crew because this book is amazing. It has the space program we all want, add a Mars Mission, and an Apollo-13 type disaster.
Why is this on our bookshelf?
The buzz about this book couldn’t escape our notice and since the cover featured an astronaut, we had to pick it up. So excited when we scored a signed copy. Couldn’t believe that it took a publisher this long to pick up it up (it was previously self-published.)
Rating (5 stars)
I borrowed this book to check out the first chapter. Halfway through reading the book, Taylor borrowed it so he could finish his review. My reaction: Nooooooo!!
Author Andy Weir (software engineer by trade) created a book with a level of technical detail that it rivals the Apollo 13 disaster. And yes, I know Apollo 13 was a real thing.
The technical side doesn’t get in the way of the story, where you can totally believe Mark Watney’s attempt to stay sane and survive. Armed with a sense of humor, potatoes, and mad engineering skills, Watney is determined to reach earth again.
Not to mention this book filled me with Apollo-era type awe to go where no one has gone before… our ability to achieve great things in space.
We hear the movie rights were picked up. This is one of the few books I’d be excited to see made into a movie. I’ll be there.
Read this book:
Because even near-death on Mars makes you want to go to Mars.
Don't Read this book:
You found Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks movie) to be incredibly boring.
Once you're done, do this:
Lend the book to the next person in line.