Book Review: The Martian

9780553418026I’ve always been fascinated by space exploration. Like many kids, I dreamed of being an astronaut when I grew up. It’s no surprise that the cover of Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian, caught my eye!

Mark Watney was part of a crew who landed on Mars. Only a few days later, disaster struck and the crew had to evacuate. None of them knew that Mark was still alive. Stranded alone on an alien planet with a broken communications system, Mark has to figure out what to do next…

Most of the book is in the format of Mark’s log entries. That might sound a bit boring, but Mark’s sense of humor makes it anything but. (I literally laughed aloud several times while reading the book!) Thoughout the story, things go from bad, to worse, to are-you-kidding-me. I would normally dislike this sort of plotline, but the humor and the fact that the science is quite plausible made it an enjoyable read.

It’s quite obvious that Mr. Weir has a passion for the topic of space exploration, and has done his research. Even though the book is rich with science and engineering, it’s never dry. In fact, it’s one of the things about The Martian that so captivated my interest. It seemed more like science-possible than science fiction!

The only thing that I truly disliked about the book was the amount of bad language. I get that profanity is commonplace in our culture, but I truly believe that it’s unnecessary when you have a good story like The Martian. Unfortunately, due to the amount of language in the book, I can’t really recommend it. I’d strongly caution parents about letting their teens read the book for the same reason.

I’d love to see Andy Weir write more books along these lines, but without so much profanity.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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