Thrilling and scientifically engaging - Mars in all it’s beauty
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The science-fiction novel „The Martian“ by Andy Weir is about astronaut Mark Watney, who was abandoned by his crew on Mars. All by himself and without any communication with earth, he has to figure out how to survive. In order to succeed, he needs to be creative and confident in his own academic judgement. While describing all o... The science-fiction novel „The Martian“ by Andy Weir is about astronaut Mark Watney, who was abandoned by his crew on Mars. All by himself and without any communication with earth, he has to figure out how to survive. In order to succeed, he needs to be creative and confident in his own academic judgement. While describing all of these considerations, decisions, struggles and successes author Andy Weir finds the right balance in explaining the scientific background to the reader and not boring him. Main character Mark Watney is the botanist and engineer of the crew of the fourth manned Mars mission. During an unexpected earlier take-off back to earth due to a storm, Watney gets blown away and seriously injured. Unlike the crew assumes, they are not leaving his dead body behind, but an unconscious crew mate. From that moment, Watney is the only man on planet Mars, only left with two rovers, their main expedition tent, life support systems, limited food supplies, computers and tools. Watney’s log entries are the main part of the novel and allow inspections of Watney’s thoughts. As a result the reader identifies oneself with him immediately. He is a very intelligent, inventive and charismatic person, with an scientific working method. His writing style is easy to read and colloquial, so all in all really realistic. Even though he is in a life-threatening situation, he tries to think positive and even is humorous most of the time. As he is an astronaut himself, he uses many technical terms and abbreviations. It took me a time to get to know all of them, but in the end, you don’t even notice them anymore. At the same time, Watney believes some of them are unnecessarily complex, so he makes fun of them (for example medium flexible sample container instead of ziploc bags). Besides these log entries, the reader witnesses some situations from the NASA-centre on earth and the homecoming crew. Through them the author creates suspense, allows one to look at the rescue from a different point of view and as a result reveals the whole drama of the affair. The story itself is well thought through and all the difficulties Watney has to face are, as far as I can tell, plausible. Especially from a scientific perspective the novel is really interesting, but also in terms of entertainment, it is really thrilling and you learn a lot about Mars. Through Watney Andy Weir includes lots of different topics concerning mars: science, of course, in all kind of ways (atmosphere, life support, gravity, geology,...), but also international law, history, botany, astronomy, climatology or the rivalry between different nations concerning space travel. These reveal lots of uncertainties and problems concerning the space and space travel. Also, it illustrates how many problems humans are facing as soon as they’re not on earth; So much to think about and to consider, and if there’s something unconsidered or poorly planned, you can easily have life-threatening problems. This points out how well adapted we are to earth. To put it in a nutshell the novel is thematically very diverse, and most topics are touched lightly. To conclude, this novel is really thrilling for everybody, who likes suspense, science-fiction and scientific observations. Mark Watney is a really charismatic and clever main character, who wins every reader’s heart.
Selected for common reading at North Lake College
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he 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 isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
"Brilliant...a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years...Utterly compelling."--Wall Street Journal
"Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy...succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility."-USA Today
"An impressively geeky debut...the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?"--Entertainment Weekly
"Gripping...[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It's hard not to be swept up in [Weir's] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A."-AVClub.com
"Andy Weir delivers with The Martian...a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel."--Associated Press
"A gripping tale of survival in space [that] harkens back to the early days of science fiction by masters such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke."--San Jose Mercury News
"One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten."
--Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy
"A book I just couldn't put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy...reads like "MacGyver" meets "Mysterious Island."
--Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel."
--Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
"The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13."
-Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One
"Gripping...shapes up like Defoe's Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter."
--Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer's Hammer
"Humankind is only as strong as the challenges it faces, and The Martian pits human ingenuity (laced with more humor than you'd expect) against the greatest endeavor of our time - survival on Mars. A great read with an inspiring attention to technical detail and surprising emotional depth. Loved it!"
--Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse
"The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen."
-Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country
"Strong, resilent, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down."
-Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King's Deception and The Columbus Affair
"An excellent first novel...Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike [and] keeps the story escalating to a riveting conclusion."-Publisher's Weekly (starred)
"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."--Booklist
"Sharp, funny and thr