Book Review: The Martian


In Andy Wier’s The Martian, Mark Watney is one of six astronauts sent on the first mission to Mars. An evacuation remains the only option after a vicious dust storm sweeps the surface, and in the chaos and desperation, Watney is left stranded and thought to be dead by his crew, NASA, and soon after, the world. So the question is: How can he survive?

The Martian is packed with spaceflight and astronauts, the hostile environment of an exotic planet, and one man’s struggle for survival. These elements of any classic sci-fi story paired with up-and-coming, plausible technology make The Martian a modern piece of science fiction any fan would love. The novel delves into the scientific obstacles Watney encounters in detail, but presents them in a way that’s easy to understand. Mark Watney’s sense of humor was also one of my favorite parts of the The Martian.  Although his chances for rescue were close to none, the “Martian’s” personality continued to entertain.

With a promising movie starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain coming out in theaters in November, anybody with an interest in space and science or who loves a heart-racing story should pick up Wier’s novel.