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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (Feb. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139021
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (518 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #737 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.”— 

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David W. Wildeboer on Dec 6 2014
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Excellent! What a thrill ride of a novel. Very engaging and plausible, the story is very well researched and believable. Obvouisly Mr. Weir did a lot of work getting this book to be as realistic as it is. Working out how things might work on a future Mars mission and then figuring out how to jury-rig (or "MacGyver") all those solutions must have taken a lot of time, study, and a very good imagination. As a result, the reader can be sure that the story, situations, and solutions are very real. And the mostly first person narration puts the reader right there on Mars with Watney. All together, it's a book that one cannot put down. Even if you're not a science fiction fan, this is a human drama that anyone can relate to. If you're wondering if this is a book you should read, don't wonder any longer but purchase and read it; you'll be happy you did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josie on June 4 2015
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I loved this book. Mark's voice was very entertaining and had me laughing out loud for the whole book. It was also very suspenseful and nerve wracking, it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was a great survival story and I think it is one of those books that I would recommend to most people, I think almost anyone would enjoy it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By PEM on Feb. 24 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sgpratt on Sept. 29 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookAddict TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 18 2015
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I normally never read Sci-Fi, especially hard-core space exploration related Sci-Fi novels. But after seeing the thousands of 5 star reviews and reading on Andy Weir's self-publishing journey, I was motivated to check out this book. I could NOT put it down. Mark Watney is hand's down one of the funniest and bravest characters I've ever fallen in love with. The best part about this book is the humor. Without it, there's no way I could've finished this book in two days. I must admit since I am neither an engineer nor astronaut and know practically nothing about physics, I am confounded by how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't understand 80% of what they were talking about (too high tech) yet I read this book cover and cover and relished every second of it. Even all the complicated technicalities and astronaut jargon.
My favorite scene: where Watney tries to grow potatoes and has to shovel his own feces everywhere. Laugh out loud funny. I wanted to cry at the end of the book but mostly I was grinning from ear to ear. I wish I could've read this book slower so I could appreciate more of its nuances.
What's this book about? Basically on a NASA mission to Mars, Mark Watney, a botanist and engineer is left behind by his crew (through no fault of their own). He is presumed dead by his crewmates and everyone on Earth.
So he has to figure out a way to survive for several YEARS on Mars with his limited supplies and brilliant knowledge of science. The whole book is filled with a) s*** happening and then b) Watney fixing it with his ingenuity. It's absolutely brilliant.
Obviously I don't know how scientifically accurate the information in this book is. But by what I've been reading, Weir had scientists from all over the world pitching in suggestions for this book.
"The Martian" is one of the best books I've read all year. I'd give it 10/5 stars if I could! Grab it today. Seriously.
Oh and I don't think I want to eat potatoes for a while...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William J Green on May 17 2015
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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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