I finally got around to reading this after glowing recommendations from my dear friend Ashley, and I am so glad I read it. The concept of the book was intriguing to me, and I do love space and science fiction, so it was only a matter of time before I read it, but Ashley sped up that process.
It did take me a few chapters to get really into the book, but that’s really just because there is a good amount of science speak that I didn’t understand too well. It is possible to skim over these parts and still be able to comprehend what is going on and not lose much of the overall plot. It did make me greatly appreciate all of the research that Andy Weir must have put into this novel.
Once I got sucked in to this novel, I got really sucked in. There are many parts with a lot going on, even though it wouldn’t seem to be this way since it’s one man stranded on Mars. I was at the point where I kept telling myself I would read just one more chapter and then do other things, but I couldn’t stop reading. I constantly was wondering where the book was going and how it would end. Andy Weir has an engaging writing style, through alternating between third-person narration and Mark Watney’s first-person logs. This made the plot move quickly and kept me turning pages faster than usual.
Even though this book is science fiction, it reads like something that could likely happen in the future. I would recommend it to everyone, even if this isn’t a genre you usually read. Watney is such a sarcastic, humorous character, and the book is filled with comic relief that doesn’t seem forced at all. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I know a lot of other people will too.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars