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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of that without moving
NASA has set up a chain of expeditions to Mars but very soon after landing the third one is aborted and the scientists have to leave. Unknown to them their dead companion, who is not actually dead, finds himself stranded on Mars with little hope of surviving until the next scheduled mission. Air and water are not the problem but he does not have enough food despite being...
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3.0 out of 5 stars geeky but enjoyable
Desert island survival Martian style. Problems galore to overcome, creative solutions needed and more science than you can shake a stick at. Oh and a good story to boot
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out of that without moving, 5 Feb 2013
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William J. Fox "KillerBill" (England) - See all my reviews
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NASA has set up a chain of expeditions to Mars but very soon after landing the third one is aborted and the scientists have to leave. Unknown to them their dead companion, who is not actually dead, finds himself stranded on Mars with little hope of surviving until the next scheduled mission. Air and water are not the problem but he does not have enough food despite being left with the resources to accommodate six explorers.

Right from the start this is a gripping page-turner and no matter how hard Mark Watney strives to survive Mars works just as hard to kill him. All the time I was willing him to succeed only to have yet another believable crisis threatening his continued existence. In my opinion you will not find a better thriller set on Mars or elsewhere. I had not previously heard of the author and cannot remember how I ended up buying his book to read on my Ipad, but it was a good day. Highly recommended, excellent value for money, and I look forward to reading other work from Weir.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Interesting read, 18 April 2013
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This novel has a great premise, which is in many ways it greatest strength. Weir is great at delivering technical information in his writing style, and a great part of the text is quite technical. But it's succinct, and is never bogged down with advanced vocabulary. However, if you are not looking for a story that talks a lot about the technicalities and issues of space travel and inter-planetary exploration, this book is not for you.
The story itself is good, switching between the main characters life on mars, and the events of those back on earth adds a refreshing change of pace at key points which keeps the reader engaged. Do not expect a deeply philosophical approach to difficulties faced by a lone human on a barren world, you wont be getting it. Life alone on Mars is described by Mark Watney, a likable and quick witted botanist, who likes to keep things simple, and humorous.
All in all, this book will interest the sci-fi fan, and will appeal to the casual reader, such as myself, looking for a new and refreshing story.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have waited so long for this!, 1 Oct 2012
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Andy started this as an online serialised story years ago, and I have been following it on his website avidly. It's a very witty, well written novel about a man stranded on Mars after an accident causes his crew mates to leave him for dead on the planet. Mark Watney is fighting to survive from the very opening sentence and his successes and failures are thoroughly endearing.

I loved every minute of reading it and I look forward to reading it over and over again. :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars geeky but enjoyable, 1 July 2013
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Desert island survival Martian style. Problems galore to overcome, creative solutions needed and more science than you can shake a stick at. Oh and a good story to boot
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea..., 29 Jun 2014
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but a bit too much technical / scientific info for my liking,but would try another of his titles at some stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun - taps into the spirit of human survival against the odds, 20 Jun 2014
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This is a really fun book. More science faction than science fiction, it has just the right amount of believability to keep you gripped. There are enough moments of real jeopardy amongst the drudgery of the hero's existence to propel you through the book. The humour of the main character, Mark Watney, comes through strongly making this a sort of comedic version of Robinson Crusoe for the 21st Century. I'm interested in astronomy and do not have a strong science background but the author manages to walk the fine line between challenging concepts and populist and accessible science. A great read. Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is handy being handy in space., 27 May 2014
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That happy part of a successful space mission where you pack up all your stuff and salute Mars as it recedes in your rear vision mirror sadly doesn't eventuate for spaceman Mark Watney in THE MARTIAN. An incident during the latter stages of his crew's mission sparks a hasty exodus for everyone else and a long cold solo stay on Mars for the mission's botanist and engineer who is left behind, presumed dead. Not being quite ready to embrace the title of "First Man to Die on Mars", Watney commences his travel diary and brutally assesses his chances of survival. They are pretty crap as it turns out but that won't keep a determined survivalist down.

Back at N.A.S.A satellite images soon pick up signs of Watney's endeavors back up on Mars and the decision is made to go all out. A rescue mission is planned. All Watney has to do is stay alive on a barren planet, with little food and zero company, until the cavalry arrives.

The wizardry contained within THE MARTIAN is in the problem solving. Mark Watney can pretty well conjure up any solution in a pinch in order to survive and can see his way through all the natural horrors and survival obstacles that the red planet throws at him. This book is a "hell yeah" homage to science and screams along at a cracking pace. If you have any fingernails left by the time you finish this book, you are one cool customer, and should probably consider throwing in a resume to N.A.S.A. Or perhaps write a book about all the handy stuff you know, just as bitingly as author Andy Weir has conceived.

You'd hesitate to slap a "science fiction" label on this novel. With THE MARTIAN being written so cleverly in everyman (minus all that annoying brainiac condescension that could have been directed at the reader); it really comes across as just that darn believable. Whenever Weir comes up with something, it rings convincingly true. Perhaps tearing chunks off your spacesuit, employing your handy roll of duct tape and any radioactive materials that you've got lying around really can fix all those pesky problems of extreme cold and no oxygen in space.

THE MARTIAN is one of those books that thriller, fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts will inhale. Any other modern reader will most likely love THE MARTIAN too as it is a tense, intelligent read that projects you right off the couch and into space. As you gnaw your own hand off you are right there with Mark Watney, screaming for him to get a wriggle on and becoming tense to the point of concentration tears. It is so ridiculously clever and enjoyable that it is impossible not to caught up in the ultimate race-against-time read that is THE MARTIAN.

So you don't normally read this kind of novel? Read it anyway.

A debut novel for author Andy Weir.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mars - a Survivalist Handbook, 24 April 2014
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Very enjoyable read and an interesting premise. Persevere beyond the GCSE maths fest that constitutes the first section because fortunately the rest of the book moves on to an actual plot rather than a series of equations. Did feel in retrospect that we don't actually get to know much about our hero beyond his problem solving skills - think most humans in such a situation might display a greater range of emotions, nostalgia etc. But then I am guilty of contemplating the deep fragility of life every time I board easyjet to Bristol. Interesting to compare this with James Smythe's novel The Explorer which dealt with a similar scenario with far more humanity and emotional depth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supporting cast needs more support, 2 April 2014
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This book covers two main areas of narrative. The core of the book is the journal of Mark Watney, who is a nerd and a geek and a damned good engineer. He has a wry sense of humour, which you can feel the character using to try and keep himself going. There is a strong sense throughout that what he may be feeling is not quite what he is committing to his journal. Every so often, as things go wrong, I wanted to shout WTF NEXT? On the other hand, I didn't feel the need to cry out, as with so many modern films, "Why are you being so stupid?"

That said, the physics and other science are rather better than the dire inaccuracies of, say, "Mission to Mars" and where some reviewers have complained about too many numbers, that is part of Mark's character. There is also the small fact that unless he gets his sums spot on he will, quite inevitably, die.

My two hiccups with this one are that the ending is just a little abrupt, and that the supporting cast members are thinly drawn. Each seems largely to consist of a 'hook' and not that much more. Still, that being said, this is a superb page turner and a welcome piece of hard SF.
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3.0 out of 5 stars meh, 31 Mar 2014
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Not the amazing story it's been made out to be in posters all over London, didn't like the use of language for the main character, no real dimension to the character either. Story line was a bit samey, something goes wrong, fix it, something goes wrong, fix it. Definitely not Robinson Crusoe on mars. Not an awful book but would probably make a more interesting summer no brainer blockbuster movie then a novel.
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