Book Review: “The Martian” by Andy Weir

What would you do if you were 140,000,000 miles from your home? Astronaut Mark Watney faces this unthinkable dilemma in Andy Weir’s The Martian, which has risen to the top of the New York Times Bestseller’s List over the last few months.

This science fiction novel follows Watney, an American astronaut, as he navigates and survives the harsh landscape of Mars after his crew accidentally leaves him during a dust storm. It takes place at some point in the near future when humans have mastered the art of Earth-to-Mars travel, and on the third mission to Mars (no, not the ride at Epcot), Watney’s bio-monitor within his suit malfunctions and leads his team and all of NASA to believe that he is dead. The novel is jam-packed with drama, lighthearted humor, and extraordinary improvisations as Watney figures out how to survive for almost two years on provisional foods, having to having to repair damages to his falling-apart pressurized tent of a home, and somehow communicate with NASA to devise a rescue plan. Watney quickly proves himself not only as a brilliant botanist and engineer, but also a modern day Mars MacGyver, coming up with a solution to anything the freezing sand dunes of Mars throw at him.The_Martian_2014

Not only is this a best-selling novel, but it is also an upcoming film by Ridley Scott. Starring as Mark Watney is Matt Damon, and Jessica Chastain takes on the role of Commander Lewis, the head of Watney’s five-person mission. The duo also starred in Christopher Nolan’s mind-twisting film, “Interstellar,” which debuted last November and is still perplexing the American public and astrophysicists alike. The star-studded cast also includes “Dumb and Dumber’s Jeff Daniels, “Bridesmaids’ ” Kristen Wiig, “Game of Thrones’ ” Sean Bean, “House of Cards’” Kate Mara and “12 Years A Slave”’s Chiwetel Ejiofor. I predict this transcendent novel will translate beautifully to the big screen, with the teaser trailer already giving us peeks at the majestic landscape of the Red Planet. Will Watney survive this almost impossible feat?!

If you simply can’t wait until the film’s release date of November 25th of this year, go pick up a copy of The Martian in the St. Luke’s Library; it is certainly worth the read.

 

— Rebecca Leonard, Staff Writer 

 

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