Me and my amazing wife watched the film adaptation of The Martian, staring Matt Damon, and loved it. Despite it being full on sci-fi there was plenty of humour. Last year I read Artemis also by Andy Weir (read the review here), so when the Free Little Library on the next street had a copy of The Martian I was quick to snaffle it.
Andy is unashamedly geeky, and isn’t afraid to write some quite technical science passages. Don’t let this put you off, because as well as being ‘nail-biting’, it’s also very funny.
The premise is quite simple. Mark Watney, the main character, is stranded on Mars. The rest of the crew make a quick and sudden escape from the planet, and believing that he is dead, they go without him. The book is therefore about his survival, and will he be able to survive until the next scheduled Mars mission in four years time. He has food rations for six people, which at a push will last for six months, not four years and with no way to contact Earth. Will he survive?
This was easily one of the best books that I’ve read this year, and in the next few minutes I will return it to the Free Little Library on the next street.