The situation couldn't be more bleak, but Mark Watney, the only person on an entire planet, makes the most of it. His epic quest for survival is humorous and engaging. I was so anxious to see what happens page after page. I would find myself tense and caught up in Mark's plight one moment, then laughing loudly the next. The science is real and Andy Weir makes it approachable. The fact is, this could really happen in our present day and that makes it all the more interesting. I haven't read anything like it in a very long time. This is a great read for anyone.
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?