This is a hands-down fabulous book! It’s an adventure. In space. On Mars. What more do you need? But on top of that it’s witty and science-y with a hint of impending doom.
The Martian follows an American Mars astronaut who is mistakenly left for dead on the red planet after an abnormally bad sandstorm causes NASA to scrub a month long mission after six days. The extremely long flight, preparation time and resources required by NASA for such a voyage means this astronaut’s life depends on some creative means of seriously extending his supplies until the next mission is sent—and that means lots of math!
Those of you with friends or relatives who love technology and fixing things….start suggesting The Martian by Andy Weir! My father was a technology geek who read voraciously. He loved a fast plot with good characters. This is the first time, since he has passed, that I kept thinking, “doggone it, I wish dad could read this!” I have not had this much fun with a book in a long time. It is about a brilliant, quirky engineer with a great sense of humor who becomes an astronaut and is stranded on Mars.