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The Martian



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Author
Weir, Andy
Descriptors
Abandonment
Accidents
Astronomy
First Novels
Future Worlds
Gardening
International Relations
Research
Science
Science Fiction
Space
Technology
Location/Setting:
Mars
Outer Space
Time Period:
Future
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Summary
Mark Watney is one of six U.S. astronauts on the third manned mission to Mars. After a dust storm knocks out Mark's life support system, he is assumed dead by his crew who flee the planet, stranding Mark alone. With no way to signal Earth and no ship to take him home, Mark, an engineer and botanist, is smart enough to realize that his supplies will run out long before a rescue could arrive, even if NASA knew he was still alive. Fortunately for Mark, he is stubborn about staying alive, and so he attempts to figure out a way to survive.
Critique
This science fiction novel will appeal to your inner geek and, although it's jam-packed with technology, science and math references, readers do not have to be rocket scientists to enjoy this action-packed space romp. Mark is a likeable protagonist whose lighthearted attitude about his predicament entertains himself, even though his life is in danger at every turn. This original debut novel made me laugh out loud many times and is so compulsively readable, you can devour it in a single sitting.
ISBN
9780804139021
  iBistro
# of Pages
369
Published
2014
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Reviewer's Initials: CO AJ LH CG MA DO MS


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