Author: Andy Weir
Narrator: R.C. Bray
Published: February 2014 by Crown
(Amazon / Goodreads / Audible)
Synopsis: 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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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 an exceptionally well-done read. I never doubted that it would be for a second.. This is a book that I have seen a lot of people love. I had it recommended to me by Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything and seriously, she has never steered me wrong. Her recommendations are always really fantastic. The Martian was no exception, it was an intricately plotted and thrilling read with amazing characters and so much humor.
Finally, because I listened to the audio for The Martian I have to take a second to talk about that. You all know I'm an audiobook fan and there are just some books that I think perfectly fit that medium and this is one of them. The narrative style and intricate plot perfectly fit the audio format. On top of that, the narrator, R.C. Bray, did an amazing job of bringing each of the characters come to life with the different accents as well as subtle personality differences. I'm so glad I listened to this audiobook and if the audible app wasn't being so difficult at that point I would have probably finished it all in a day.
The Martian was an absolutely brilliant Science Fiction novel with an intricately plotted and captivating story of survival, a unique and complex narrative style, and likable characters. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year so far.
I give The Martian by Andy Weir 10 out of 10 stars