This review is spoiler-free. And maybe a little ranty. Sorry.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Genres: Science Fiction
Release Date: October 28th 2014 by Broadway Books/Crown/Random House (NY)
Format: Paperback, 387 pages
Find it here: Goodreads
I wish there were more books out there like this book. (Are there? Are there??? TELL ME IF THERE ARE. PLEASE.)
So, you probably know, but I’m a huge space nerd. Not really big on the math parts of space (because I seriously suck at math, it’s one of the only reasons I never actively pursued a career in astronomy–I took one class in college and realized that I was definitely not able to math well enough, and the math I was doing barely scratched the surface, so) but literally anything else about space is treasured by yours truly. Naturally, I adored this book. This was so up my alley, I regret not picking it up sooner.
Why didn’t I pick it up sooner? I didn’t actually know what it was about. Then I did. And then I found a copy at my local library’s book sale.
It was meant to be.
Okay, the actual book. Right.
The Martian had the potential to be flat-out science and flat-out boring as shit because of it. However, despite the absolutely awesome portrayal in description of How to Survive Being Stranded on Mars (not spoilers, because does Mark Watney, the protagonist, survive? Won’t tell, but he does try to), Weir makes Mark hilarious.
Do you like Deadpool? I like Deadpool. Mark Watney is basically Deadpool, but in space. And maybe a lot nerdier. And maybe less gore.
But his vein of humor definitely managed to strike me in a very Deadpool-esque way. Maybe not to a perfect T, but I’m not being literal. Mark Watney made the entire story fantastic. I anticipated his humor more than I anticipated the next chapter to see if he was going to die or not. Well, for the most part. I was holding the book two inches from my nose at one point, desperately trying to read and get information on what was going to happen.
The people they quote for the book aren’t kidding, you (probably, anyway) seriously root for Mark every step of the way, hoping something will turn around and he’ll push through, and when something bad happens, you feel the anxiety. Possibly more than Mark himself, which says something about his personality.
I could seriously talk about this book for days if I were allowed spoilers, but I want this to remain spoiler-free, so it won’t be happening here. In fact, I’m going to leave this here before I do spoil something in my excitement.
Thanks for reading!