I’ll dive straight in: The Martian is one of my favourite books of all time. I love everything about it.
I went to see the film adaptation of The Martian in the cinema, kind of on a whim. My sister and I went because there was nothing much on, and my friends said it was great. Oh, how glad I am that I went to see it! I loved the film – every second of it – and I bought the book a couple of weeks later. I can’t believe how obsessed I am with it!
A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man’s struggle to survive.
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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark 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’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.
But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
The Martian by Andy Weir:
Just when I thought the film was amazing, the book blew me away. The book is even better than the film (and I love the film a lot). It now holds a special place in my heart because it’s what got me obsessed with space! Since I started loving The Martian, I researched Mars and space in general, and now I have a whole collection of books on my shelf all about space and astronomy. So thank you, Andy Weir!
“There were a few bits that I actually went and read out loud to my mum because I loved them so much.”
The humour is one of the best things about the book. Mark Watney is stuck on Mars, unsure of when he’ll actually be picked up (or if he’ll survive long enough), and his sense of humour is still so great! He makes endless jokes, and they all made me laugh. There were a few bits that I actually went and read out loud to my mum because I loved them so much. Matt Damon does a great job of playing Mark Watney in the film – he managed to act exactly the way I’d imagine him to act in the book.
The research that went into the book is amazing, and clearly shows in how well it’s written. There are so many scientific elements throughout the book and although some things may not be strictly possible in real life (I don’t know, they might be!), Weir writes so well that you believe and hang on to every word. They kept these elements in the film too!
“I could keep talking about The Martian all day…”
I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this book. I’ve even tried to think of anything negative, but I just can’t think of anything. I love The Martian so much that I’ve ordered a copy of the book with my favourite cover from America, and I’m SO excited for it to get here! My copy had Matt Damon’s face on the cover, and as lovely as it is, it’s not a beautiful as the American cover (it’s the image I used above).
I could keep talking about The Martian all day, but I’ll stop here and probably go and watch the film for the 26th time.
Update from Future Charlotte: You can also now read my review of Andy Weir’s second book, Artemis. Did I adore it as much as The Martian? Come and find out!