Science Friday: The Martian

Posted 11 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Science Friday: The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Crown/Archetype on February 11th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 384

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange honest review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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?

What a fabulous book. This is one of the great benefits of living in the era of self-publishing though it will be re-released in hardcover edition by Crown Publishing on Feb. 11, 2014.

Assuming the science is correct — I think this would be fantastic required reading for upper grade high school science students. That is unlikely to happen, as the language is rated ‘M’ for mature. (Though, seriously, it’s not any worse than anything found on HBO.)

The only thing sci-fi about it is Americans using the metric system. The story is extraordinarily realistic (at least to this layman) and it made me excited about science. ALL kinds of science. Astronomy, engineering, chemistry, physics… The Martian makes all those disciplines look plausibly sexy.

The going gets a little slow around the 75% mark, but then the action picks back up again and rallies to the end. 

Excellent read. Recommended for everyone. Maybe one of the best books I’ve read all year.


April @ The Steadfast Reader


  • This is super exciting to hear, I’m totally looking forward to reading this.

    • Clearly, I loved it, but I don’t understand the comparison to ‘Wool’, other than that they were both orignially self-published. If it hadn’t been so good, I might have been disappointed because they’re two completely different genres.