This book had a lot of great reviews on Cannonball. After reading the preview, I really liked the voice of the main character. Overall I did enjoy the book, but it got a little repetitive for me. Every day for Mark Watney is about survival, there are successes and failures, none of his plans work perfectly. I felt like I was reading Life of Pi on Mars. I did like how the narrative was broken up with what was going on back on Earth to save him. I give this book 3 stars. Here’s a breakdown…
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What is this book about? Mark Watney has been stranded on Mars. His team thinks he is dead, but he has survived. His mixture of biology and engineering knowledge helps him survive the Mars terrain. He is able to adapt and survive by growing potatoes and making water and adapting the equipment left on Mars. He encounters several set backs, and has to use his resourcefulness to survive. In the meantime, satellites allow NASA to realize he is still alive and set out to coordinate his rescue. In the end everyone (including the team who left him) pull together to save him.
What did I think about this book? I felt the setbacks started to feel repetitive. He tries something, it fails, it seems like the failure will be critical and life threatening, but we know he’s going to survive. It was a lot of cliff hangers that weren’t really cliff hangers. I really enjoyed Mark Watney, he had a great sense of humor. There was a lot of science in the book (not that I understood it all), and it was well explained and interesting.
Favorite Lines “…that concept is critical to the “Mark Watney doesn’t die” project that I’m working on.” “The planet’s famous red color is from the iron oxide coating everything. So it’s not just a desert. It’s a desert so old it’s literally rusting.”
Final Thoughts… Loved the main character, but didn’t enjoy the repetitive nature of constant emergencies.