This is the most surprising book I read this year because I didn’t expect to like it. Despite all the hype, I thought I would give up on it because it is way outside my comfort zone. But Mark Watney’s voice pulled me in. I liked his sarcasm and optimism, which kept me reading and hoping for his survival. The scientific technicalities dampened my interest a little but the characters’ personalities and my curiosity about how the story would end kept me reading.
The Martian is a science-fiction novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Mark Watney was left behind when a sandstorm swept him away from his crew. Stranded with no way to communicate with his crew or NASA back on Earth, Mark has to rely on himself — strength and knowledge — to survive Mars, a planet that does not support human life.