The Free Press Book Review – The Martian by Andy Weir

On the sixth manned mission to Mars, mayhem strikes.

Adrienne Raczki reviews The Martian.

Submitted by Adrienne Raczki

On the sixth manned mission to Mars, mayhem strikes. The crew of six is forced to evacuate the red planet, however during their escape a man goes down. The life support system in his suit indicates his death and his team must blast off.

 

Astronaut Mark Watney awakens to find himself impaled by an antenna, lacking his communication system, and utterly alone, 414 days worth of travel from earth.

 

Watney, a botanist and engineer must use every single ounce of experience and education at his disposal to solve the ultimate mystery.

 

Watney is a humorous and ingenious man, making light of the worst situation possible. He braves solo travel across 1,600 kilometres of barren Mars terrain to rebuild his communication system with NASA.

 

NASA has been watching and is prepared for the astronaut’s communiqué. Together, they formulate a plan for Watney’s survival, tapping into the best scientific minds and cooperating with foreign space agencies.

 

This book will make your heart race, scare you, excite you, and maybe remind you of your latent claustrophobia.

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