Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Del Rey UK
Paperback

Never have I laughed so much as potential tragedy unfolds!

Cover Blurb: “I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.”

There have been many different approaches to stories involving Mars. The red planet has captured the imagination of many with tales of exploration and colonisation. Never though, have I read a story that managed to entwine the desperation and hope of potential tragic consequences with humour!

The Martian tells the tale of Astronaut Mark Watney and his struggle to survive alone on Mars when everything goes wrong. The author seems to have taken great delight in researching the technology that could be used to get mankind to Mars, and even greater delight in trying to kill his main protagonist. This humour and geekery combined with the story makes for an entertaining novel.

I very much liked this novel. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys Science Fiction, especially those who like fiction set upon and around Mars. (Is MarSciFi a recognised sub-genre? maybe it should be!)

The Martian is the first novel by Andy Weir. Originally self published online, The Martian was picked up by publishers and became a Sunday Times Bestseller. It has since been optioned as a movie which is currently scheduled for release in November 2015. Andy Weir’s website can be found at http://andyweirauthor.com/

This edition was a WHSmith “exclusive edition” that tied in with the Richard and Judy Book Club promotion. Extras included an interview with the author and a short prequel story. This title was included in the 2014 WHSmith Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club. Richard and Judy are a “Celebrity Couple” famous in the UK for formerly hosting a daily TV show and creating a regular and influential book club.

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