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The Martian: A Novel [Hardcover]

Andy Weir
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Feb. 11 2014
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sci Fi Feb. 24 2013
By PEM
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Feb. 4 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Best book I've read in a long time. Hi tech, DIY and geeky. Also very funny and the writing is excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds trite, but it was a real page turner Feb. 14 2013
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Very much enjoyed this book, you are hooked from the very first sentence, and it doesn't let go until the very end. A very enjoyable read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Martian- Best book I have read in a while April 11 2013
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Kept my attention to the end. A real page turner. I loved how the author moved from 1st to 3rd person view and made it work! Very well written. I enjoyed it throughly. In fact the story has stuck with me where many are a great read, but the morale is lost. The martian makes you realize the importance of perserverance in spite of all odds. I would absolutely read other works from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY! Jan. 4 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Grabs your attention from the get go.

Great idea for a story and well researced. The main character is most likable with a great sence of humour. I think there should be a sequl. A colony is established on Mars, given all the knowledge Mark has obtained, and he is the commander.

Looking for more works by this author.

The audio book is coming out in March according to amazon US. There is a sample on their webpage, sounds good.
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By BK777
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If you ever wondered what it would really be like to be on Mars and travel through space then search no further. Andy Weir takes you on a voyage that puts you right there on Mars. And he leaves out none of the details or the challenges. Where some readers may find the book irritating could be the details and the fact that at times there is a great deal of technical jargon. However, this only added to the credibility of the story and the reality of the situation. I loved the fact that the story drew you in and made you feel what being an astronaut is all about. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you are looking for aliens and lasers then I would suggest you find another book. But for those that are curious about the realities and dangers of space travel and planetary exploration hen this is the book for you.
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By Cassie
Format:Hardcover
This is a fascinating book, both in information about what is involved in space travel, the equipment used and about what it would take in personality, knowledge, ingenuity, and attitude to survive being alone on Mars.
It is cleverly written and a story that feels as if it could have happened. Be sure to read on past chapter 5 if the science involved is not of enough interest to keep you going.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it with only one caveat which is the use of some of the language in it. Certainly understandable in the situation but it doesn't really fit the character, adds nothing, wouldn't make the story any less interesting or involving had it not been used, and keeps me from buying copies for some of my friends and older children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, engrossing, with great pace Sept. 29 2014
By Sgpratt
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This was an excellent story. The abandoned astronaut, Mark Watney, somehow keeps an endearing sense of humour as all around him is bleak. I appreciated the story branching into other viewpoints, as a straight Mars travelogue would probably have been a bit tedious. The only reason I gave this book four and not five stars is I found the technical explanations for what Watney was doing sometimes ran a bit long, and it's a little hard to believe a botanist would have the chemistry and physics knowledge he does (then again, he does say he was the mission chemist's backup, so maybe it's not too far fetched). I'm waiting for the movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from start to finish!
This was such a fun book to read. Loved the main character and the storyline. I also enjoyed how technical it was at times, it just made it believable the whole way through. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chantal Dubuc
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
wow, I loved this book. Every step was so interesting, following his thought processes as he worked things out. Describing the obstacles etc. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Martha McCulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! tremendously exciting!
Astonishing attention to detail, very wittily written, I couldn't put it down.

If ever a sci-fi book should be made into a movie, this is definitely one.
Published 9 days ago by dridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Compelling page-turner
Good read. Compelling page-turner. Endearing character and you really have your fingers crossed for him. Funny moments too. This would have made a great Bruce Willis movie. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Laura Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for sure!
Absolutely an amazing read. Had two 11 hour flights and finished the book during that time. What an interesting and griping way to tell a story.
Published 19 days ago by Dmitry Novoselov
5.0 out of 5 stars Head for the Martian hills...
This book was absolutely fantastic. I heard about it from the guys over at Tested.com, and on the Adam Savage project, via the Still Untitled web series. Read more
Published 25 days ago by mholyome
5.0 out of 5 stars best book I've read in a long time.
Great read. I didn't put it down for two days. Can't recommend enough. Will probably read it again soon ish.
Published 26 days ago by Leiflarsen
5.0 out of 5 stars You know what you're here for.
An incredible page turner. Nerdy, but, after reading reviews, you must know what you are getting into! Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars McGovern on Steroids
How could one person left on a strange planet by themselves manage to stay alive, remain sane and figure out all the things needed to accomplish this? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Ricketts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Recommended.
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