- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Film Tie-In edition (27 Aug. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785031139
- ISBN-13: 978-1785031137
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,733 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Martian Paperback – 27 Aug 2015
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
"Andy Weir's masterpiece!" (Tom Hanks Twitter)
"Watney's gallows humour and his brushes with death as he uses every ounce of his intelligence and astronaut's training to claw his way out of the pit will have you laughing and gasping by turns. I read this book in a weekend. I didn't think I'd have the time to - but Andy Weir's edge-of-the-seat storytelling didn't leave me any choice." (Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy Book Club)
"Andy Weir's terrific 'lost in space' novel is an absolute page turner from first to last ... Tautly-written, full of extraordinary and fascinating detail about life in a frozen red desert so far from home, The Martian is one of the best thrillers either of us has read in years. Highly recommended." (Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club)
"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." (Hugh Howey New York Times bestselling author of Wool)
"Accomplished…believable but suspenseful as [Watney] battles against the odds for survival" (The Guardian)
"like Gravity meets Robinson Crusoe – utterly nail-biting and memorable." (James Lovegrove FT)
"A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island." (Astronaut Chris Hadfield Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth)
"The amount of research here is astounding. We’re suckers for well-grounded fiction, and on the technical side, The Martian is exemplary ... witty ... funny" (SFX)
"The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13." (Ernest Cline New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One)
"Weir’s debut is easily the best SF novel of the year so far" (Financial Times)
"An impressively geeky debut novel ... the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Strong, resilient, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down." (Steve Berry)
"Think Apollo 13 ... on Mars! ... A saga of courage, ingenuity and humour - and utterly convincing thanks to superb research. The best space disaster story since Clarke's A Fall of Moondust." (Stephen Baxter)
"jaw-clenchingly gripping ... a modern-day Apollo13" (Stuff Magazine)
"Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling." (Wall Street Journal)
"Don’t be put off thinking this is a sci-fi book – it’s so much more than that. Utterly brilliant." (Bella)
"One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time, an incredible story about an astronaut marooned on Mars. This is no science fiction tale: the technology is beautifully researched and based on what is currently envisioned for a manned flight to Mars. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten. I could not put this book down." (Douglas Preston #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy)
"Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter." (Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer)
"The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen." (Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country)
"Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny and resourceful characters in recent fiction ... gripping" (Huffington Post)
"one of the best survival stories you’ll ever read (think Robinson Crusoe on Mars only more extreme)." (Martin Sorenson Publishers Weekly)
"Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery." (Kirkus)
"Apollo 13-meets-Robinson-Crusoe-on-Mars, and I guess for those who enjoyed the films Gravity or Moon, this one will be a literary equivalent ... I was, in the end, totally won over by this book in its celebration of how humans can deal with anything the harshness of science and extreme environments can pose, and it kept me reading longer than I meant to" (SFFworld.com)
"one of the most thrilling and absorbing novels I have ever read" (Sfcrowsnest)
"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds." (Booklist)
"Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel... the perfect mix of action and space adventure." (Library Journal (starred))
"An exciting, insightful science- based tale [that] kept me turning the pages to see what ingenious solution our hero would concoct to survive yet anotherimpossible dilemma" (Terry Brooks)
The Sunday Times bestseller: Robinson Crusoe on Mars - a survival story for the 21st CenturySee all Product description
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top Customer Reviews
On the first manned mission to Mars, a devastating sandstorm threatens to destroy the habitat set up by the the first astronauts to land there. They decide to evacuate, but during the evac astronaut Mark Watney is hit by a broken communications antenna. Believing Mark to be dead, the crew continue their evac and start their journey back to Earth, their mission to Mars terminated.
Waking from unconsciousness, Watney realises that he’s been left behind. His suit was torn during the storm, but congealed blood from his wounds had sealed the tear. Now he must somehow survive using supplies left behind. And then he must contact Earth to try and get help and hopefully, eventually: rescue.
Watney is an engineer and a botanist. His scientific knowledge is the only thing that is going to help him survive. He knows he is screwed and that his chances are slim, but he doesn’t let that get in the way. First he must find a way to create water and food. Water is made from unused hydrazine rocket fuel, while food comes from planting potatoes in Martian soil mixed with his own stool. This is how most of the book follows: a problem must be solved and Watney uses his knowledge and skills to solve it and survive a little longer. Watney keeps a log of his endeavours, thinking that he will never be rescued, so that at least when NASA returns in four years they will know what happened.
When NASA observe the fruits of Watney’s work, they realise he’s alive and try to find a way to communicate with him.Read more ›
I read it after watching the film, which can sometimes be jarring, but i found this as engaging as the movie if not more, especially the depth that a book can take you into the situation and story.
The most engaging part for me as a non sci-fi reader was the reality of the story-line, once you suspend belief and accept the premise and situation the story is believable and realistically written, it just edges on reality so that you can imagine it happening in a near future. The set up and the book as a whole stay well grounded to in a realistic way, and although i think there may be liberties with the science and a few flights of fantasy in character behaviour, but i actually came away very satisfied, and i'm keen to find similar stories in the future.
I bought the book on kindle for android via Amazon, and then noticed the 'whispersync' offer whereby you can buy the audible audio version as a promotional rate too, which ended up being cheaper to purchase the ebook and the audiobook than the audiobook alone, so either the original audiobook was overpriced or this is a total steal. Whispersync is supposed to allow you to swap between reading and listening, with the software automatically starting you again at the correct location. I actually foundmyself captivated by the audiobook and listened to this almost exclusively.
The story was fantastic, delving into a level of detail that felt like a realistic and immersive work through of the mechanical, physical and chemical problems that could actually be encountered.
It was a very immersive story that strikes a good balance of scientific detail that 'sounds' accurate without requiring a Phd to understand.
Gripping and enjoyable.
I actually found the sections set on Earth, as NASA attempts to first communicate with him and then work out a way to bring him home, the most interesting. I think it's fair to say the bureaucracy of that venerable, monolithic, organisation does not come out of this smelling of roses.
Overall, an engaging read. The prose is sparse and perhaps the most unrealistic part of the whole plot was that the main character seemed to suffer no psychological effects from being alone for so long and the prospect of facing dangerous situations just about every day. I know astronauts are a special breed but still..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful read - a super storyline with a terrific plot and a great central character. Written with great assurance and aplomb. Unputdownable! Highly recommended.
*** 5 ***
Enjoyed it but the details about how everything worked (all the scientific and factual info) did get a bit much at times. Characters could have been padded out more.Published 7 days ago by zoek5z
Great book, very scientific. If you are not into science fiction or science it might be difficult to imagine what he was actually doing. Read morePublished 10 days ago by JoannaNancy
I have to admit, I ran out of steam with this book. The guy who wrote it had certainty done his homework. Got about halfway as it plodded along. I left the guy on mars. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mr. G. Snowdon
Loved it! Love that Matt Damon is on the cover, really helped placing a human in space! However, the film was just as good. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Olga Souslova