Mark Watney is in trouble. Big Trouble. He's wounded, abandoned, and presumed dead. He's stranded in a hostile environment, with limited supplies and no contact with the outside world. He's all by himself, on Mars. Such is the predicament of the protagonist in Andy Weir's wildly entertaining book, 'The Martian'. When his Mars exploration team is hit by a freak dust storm, they scramble to make a hasty evacuation. But during their egress Mark is struck by a piece of flying debris, knocked unconscious, and separated from the rest of his crew. When he wakes up, he finds himself alone on Mars without any communication or means of escaping the planet. He's got a survivable habitat, and enough supplies to last a few months, but the rest of the world doesn't even know he's still alive, let alone marooned millions of miles from earth. Mark endures his predicament with resourcefulness, ingenuity, and tremendous humor as he attempts to survive on the distant planet. In a tale that is all things creative and realistic, suspenseful and hilarious, Mark Watney's story becomes a testament to human survival in the face of incredible odds.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?