“I’m pretty much fucked.”
The opening line above almost dissuaded me from reading the book, as it set the tone for a story that wasn’t going to end well. I’m glad I read more, as it was a fantastic story.
This book didn’t take long to read, probably about 6 hours or so in total. It was captivating, inspiring, and hard to put down. The book, for the most part, is written in the form of log entries by the main character, Mark Watney, who is stranded on Mars after an aborted mission.
In my opinion, that absolute best part of this book is Mark Watney, the main character. Even while all of these terrible things are happening to him, he stays optimistic throughout, and comes up with solutions to his problems. The other interesting thing about reading this book, and that the situations in the book do not seem far-fetched. It seems quite plausible that it could happen in the next 20 years or so. The author strives to create realistic situations, and employ as much science and math to suspend disbelief. I really liked this element of the book, as it gave a little bit of credit to the fiction.
After reading the book, I also saw the movie, and I was actually impressed. My biggest worry was that they wouldn’t be able to capture the character properly in the film, but I think this was done well.
I think anyone would enjoy this book.