things first. This is not my kind of book. While I may be a lover of science
fiction I tend to stick mostly towards fantasy and all the chic lit that anyone
could read. It’s cute, unproblematic, and usually full of fast reads. My kind
of books. And, usually, I don’t spend time writing anything up about them
unless they really and truly touch me.
The Martian did. Which is odd.
read it for a few reasons. 1. It sounded interesting 2. I needed a book to take
on a trip to the beach. 3. I was fixing the media section at work and it just
called to me 4. The trailer to the movie which did sound interesting 5. I’m
almost positive someone on my dash read this book and raved about it.
it’s a book about this guy named Mark Watney and he is hilarious and kind of an
asshole in all the best ways. He’s sarcastic and sardonic and so absolutely
brilliant and self-deprecating that it’s almost impossible to not fall in love
with him and root for him.
story is what we would call a man vs. nature story (Which again, not my cup of
tea, and I love tea). It’s the story of a man who through a series of events
gets left on Mars and it’s him on his own trying to figure out how to survive
so of course everything goes wrong. But he never gives up.
reader also gets to meet a few other characters briefly and you can feel what
this would be like for the world at large if this were to ever happen. How it
would feel for NASA and for the people that actually left him behind.
another note, it is so scientific. I haven’t encountered science by my own
choice for years but it was so strange to read scientific information and math
that was done faster than I could process what was being done and wow did that
just endear Watney to me even more.
point is, this is the kind of book that just gives you hope for humanity and
that truly impresses on one how amazing the work that Astronauts is do. It’s
inspiring and important and I was blown away.
even more amazing, it was written like a fanfic! This was never intended to be
a published book. Weir wrote this because he thought it was fun, and he wanted
to know “what if” and he posted it on his website/blog (I can’t remember) and
people liked it so much and encouraged him to write more of it and then he put
it on Amazon as an e-book for $.99because they wanted to read it on Kindle. At
some point, well, it took off and he was approached to publish in print and of
course now the movie with Matt Damon. I love stories like this and I didn’t
know until after I read it but it’s just another show of the awesomeness of the
internet. So, go on and read it. You’ll be sure to love it.