Paperback Perils: The Martian

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Publication Date: 2011 and 2014

Publishing House: Self Published and Crown Publishing

To say I love to read is an understatement so I have decided to give little reviews on some of the books I’ve read. This portion of my blog will also be about my experience with the book. To start this off and in celebration of the release of Artemis later this month I’m going to talk about Andy Weir’s The Martian.

My first experience with The Martian was actually the movie, which I loved. I had no idea it was a book until later. To tell the truth I’ve still never actually read it and don’t own a copy. Before you get all up in arms I can tell you that the unabridged audiobook is great. The first time I listened to was on the eight hour drive from Dallas, Texas to Johnson City, Kansas with my boyfriend. We giggled almost the entire time because the sarcasm is fantastic.  

The character of Mark Watney is put into an impossible situation. Weir could have written him as a character that was capable but with no sense of humor or as a character that complains about his situation for the entire text. Instead Weir wrote Watney as a person who is hyper aware of his situation. He knows that if he doesn’t get to work he will die but the humor that he shows throughout even as things go from bad to worse is what makes the book.

As Watney works his way through every situation he keeps coming back to Commander Lewis’ awful disco music. This routine of poking fun at disco and threw it Lewis is Watney’s way of bringing himself back after each explosion and setback. The music is something that is constant and a reminder of his team. Also, throughout the book he talks about the other forms of entertainment that the other crew members brought and how he worked his way through them but he never talks about what he brought. I wonder if this was intentional by Weir so as to focus on the reminders of the crew or an unintentional oversight.

If you can’t tell. I really enjoyed this story. It has action (well explosions), science, references to Greek mythology and Lord of the Rings. It also has screw ups, hard decisions, problems to be solved, failures and ultimately success because **spoiler** Watney lives. If you haven’t yet: read the book. Yes, the movie is well done but the book has so much more, like sandstorms and a rollover in the rover.

After you are done reading The Martian don’t forget to check out Artemis. I am actually getting my copy through Book of the Month (yes I know I’m a nerd). If you are interested in joining click here to get a discounted amount for your first three months. I hope that you have enjoyed this mini review. I’ll post again soon. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

UPDATE:

My copy of Artemis arrived in the mail today! I’ll post the review of it soon.

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