The Martian
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The Martian

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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.

Title:The Martian
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0804139024
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:369 pages

    The Martian Reviews

  • Davy-Gravy
    Jan 26, 2014

    Unpopular opinion time: I don't like how this book is written. Watney's journals read like a nerdy blog rather than a dramatic survivor's diary. It's hard to find something harrowing and traumatic whe...

  • Althea Ann
    Sep 20, 2014

    'Crap! My astronaut crewmates accidentally left me behind on Mars! I'm fucked! I'm going to die! Oh wait! I just thought of something highly logically unlikely and technically complicated, that I am s...

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    May 13, 2015

    This book was fantastic! A thrilling survival story with a hearty dose of humor. The main character Mark was such a smartass and I LOVED IT. The voice and the premise hooked me in right away and kept ...

  • Wil Wheaton
    Jul 23, 2015

    I have never wanted so badly for the characters in a book to be real. I want to meet them all the way I want to meet the president, or Taylor Swift.This story is perfectly told. It is perfectly paced,...

  • Sasha Alsberg
    May 02, 2015

    I go so emotional at the end, so good! ...

  • Rick Riordan
    Jul 24, 2015

    Adult science thriller.Love it, love it! A meticulously researched, briskly paced and surprisingly funny story about an astronaut left behind on Mars, presumed dead, who must now figure out how to su...

  • Emily May
    Dec 02, 2014

    First off, welcome to 2015!Let's kick this year off with a review of a book about a guy who deserves to survive more than anyone I've ever known. This book has been lurking around in my Goodreads feed...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jul 20, 2015

    I'm so happy that I randomly decided to pick this book up! I did find that the story dragged a bit towards the end and some of things went over my head a little bit, but for the most part this was a f...

  • Will Byrnes
    Jan 01, 2015

    I’m pretty much fucked. Ok, show of hands. How many of you have uttered these exact words? (or words to that effect). Not everyone? I see we have some liars out there. How many have said them at le...

  • karen
    Sep 29, 2015

    i have finally seen the movie, so i added some notes at the bottom.this book is basically just a really long SAT question. and i so hope the movie is just matt damon sitting at a table doing equations...