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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (Feb. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139021
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”--Wall Street Journal

Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy…succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.”—USA Today  

An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”--Entertainment Weekly

Gripping…[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It’s hard not to be swept up in [Weir’s] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A.”—AVClub.com 

Andy Weir delivers with The Martian...a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”--Associated Press

"A gripping tale of survival in space [that] harkens back to the early days of science fiction by masters such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke."--San Jose Mercury News

One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. 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.”
--Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy
 
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 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
 
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
 
“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

“Humankind is only as strong as the challenges it faces, and The Martian pits human ingenuity (laced with more humor than you’d expect) against the greatest endeavor of our time — survival on Mars. A great read with an inspiring attention to technical detail and surprising emotional depth. Loved it!"
--Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse

“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
 
"Strong, resilent, 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, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception and The Columbus Affair   

An excellent first novel…Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike [and] keeps the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."--Booklist

“Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery…
Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.”—Kirkus

"
Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel...
by placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure."--Library Journal (starred) 
 
“A perfect novel in almost every way, The Martian may already have my vote for best book of 2014.”Crimespree Magazine

“A page-turning thriller…this survival tale with a high-tech twist will pull you right in.”Suspense Magazine
 
 

About the Author

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William J Green on May 17 2015
Format: Paperback
You know when I think of the perfect novel, I think of characters I can like, an exciting and creative storyline; a book that I can lay back, take my time and enjoy for a two week stretch.
This was not that book.
Andy Weir has created a fantastic storyline; astronaut Mark Watney (spoiler alert!!)marooned on Mars - left behind by a crew who thought him dead. It's all about his creative ingenuity, and his resourceful nature; infused with his fantastic sense of humour.
My disappointment - liked it too much. No relaxing long read. I loved the book; I devoured the book. Spent my $20 bucks, read like a mad man - four days done.
I'm not one for spoilers, but if you like books about human beings that face challenge,and become resourceful in difficult circumstances; notwithstanding that it's science fiction, you should read this.
Well Andy Weir, the next time you create a novel I love so much be nice and make it a 600 page novel I can sink my teeth into; and if you want a great review send me your next ARC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Lidster TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 21 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Exactly how much drama -- measured in Drams, Hitchcocks, or SSU's (Swiss Suspense Units) -- can an author wring from a 'man vs. nature' theme, especially when the 'nature' in question is the dead red sand of Mars? Quite a bit, actually. That kind of speculation drives much of the action in Andy Weir's incredibly popular novel, 'The Martian'. If a first-person novel that involves copious amounts of ultra-detailed descriptions of the technology that any near-future Mars mission would likely use doesn't interest you, then just put the Kindle down and slowly back away...

After their Mars expedition is cut short due to a sandstorm, the mission's botanist and engineer, Mark Watney, is separated from the rest of the crew during the evacuation. His suit sends physical telemetry telling them he's dead, and they are forced to leave without him. Determined to survive, he uses every scrap of knowledge and imagination he possesses to stretch his supplies out long enough for a rescue mission to reach him. Using whatever technology lies buried from Mars missions past and present, he becomes an accidental colonist, and the first true 'Martian'.

If you can't calculate the SSUs (or Hitchcocks) in Watney's account of using an iridium catalyst and an open-freakin'-flame to break hydrazine down to its elemental parts (in a risky attempt to make enough water for a makeshift hydroponic garden), you should probably pass on it. It's one of those novels, however, that defies the best publishing prognosticator's guesstimates about who the hell might like this book, and how many copies it might sell. Weir does an excellent job of keeping the story buoyant, never letting it get sunk by dry, scientific exposition. It is precisely this attention to detail, however, that makes it so utterly convincing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anabelle Bernard Fournier on Dec 29 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
You’re on a mission to Mars, and all your crewmates have left the planet, leaving you behind, because they think you’re dead.

This is the premise of The Martian, probably one of the best science-fiction books I’ve read in a long time.

The plot is as simple as can be: a dude is left behind on Mars and must survive until others can come rescue him. It’s Robinson Crusoe for the space age. It’s a story that’s been explored in many different settings and times, but it’s always the surviving character itself who makes or breaks the story.

In this case, Mark Watney is our survivor, and he’s one hell of a dude to watch. He’s ingenious, stubborn and hilarious. Most of the book is made up of his log, in the first person, with some sections in the third person for the people at NASA and his crewmates on the ship Hermes.

It’s Watney’s voice that carries the story. Despite absolutely insurmountable odds (how do you grow food on Mars when your supplies disappear? How do you communicate with Earth when your communications are down? How do you drive for a month without going insane?), he manages to solider on, and do so with optimism and humour. Because, I guess, if you fall to fatalism and cynicism, you wouldn’t last very long, alone, for a year and a half on Mars…

Not being a scientist of any kind, I can’t talk about the scientific accuracy of the book. It’s all very believable though, with just a touch of future technology that’s not so unimaginable today. There’s never any mention of the year, but it could be next year, or it could be in 20. It makes the book approachable that way, and any science is filtered through the lens of an actual human being applying it, so we get a lot more information about results than about math. Which I appreciated.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By PEM on Feb. 24 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was one of the best Science Fiction stories I have read, and I've been reading SF for over 40 years, ever since I first picked up a book by AC Clarke when I was in junior high. The Martian is fast paced with great characters and an inventive plot. The reason I only gave it four stars is that it could have been even better. The author does an outstanding job of developing the engineering and problem solving, but there is little on the science and landscape of Mars. If Andy Weir had woven in the stunning views like those seen by Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity, I would have rated The Martian as the finest SF book I have ever read.
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