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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: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 649 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,197 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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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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I watched the film, then read this. It's more amazing than the book. The special out of person narrative pieces really add to the suspense. The journal format also is hard to replicate on screen. Sure the movie was a blast but the book does a far better job (Sorry Ridley Scott!). Get it!
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My favourite book! I loved every bit of this book and highly recommend this movie especially if you enjoyed the movie, there was so much lacking from the movie I was disappointed when I watched it even though it was an enjoyable film.
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Wow! I read it two times in a row! Wow! So well documented with humoured character and intelligent writing. I understand why they did a film out of that book!to read absolutely even if you are not a science fiction fan. I am not but I love intelligent books, the ones which make you think and dream.
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I really enjoyed the book. It's a gripping story of survival. Read it in a day. You do have to allow the author a little poetic license though. As he has admitted in interviews, Mars' atmosphere is very thin. One one-hundredth of ours. So a wind storm of 174 kph would have the force of a faint breeze here on earth. Less than that of a 2 kph wind. So no need for a hasty evacuation. As that sets up the story though, even though I'm a stickler for details, I was willing to overlook that fact.

I hope the movie is as enjoyable. With Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring it should be.

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I've seen the movie and was disappointed. Sooo much was left out. So many great lines. So many challenging, and therefore suspenseful, situations.

I know a movie can't usually fit everything that's in a great book in but man this adaptation fell far far too short.

I've watched Apollo 13 four or five times and it's great. Even though I knew the crew survived I was incredibly riveted right up until splashdown. Kudos to Ron Howard for making a well known historical event so gripping.

The Martian movie just breezed by. Its two hour + run time felt far shorter. There was no real sense of a struggle to get Watney home or of just how precarious his situation was. Probably I'll watch it once more for the visuals. The vistas of Mars are breathtaking. You'd almost think they shot them there.

Lastly, and again, sooo many great lines were left out. Like "In space nobody can hear you scream like a little girl."

If it's one or the other read the book. It's a real page turner.
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Quirky and fun, this near future fiction is a fantastic read. I've never had any piece of media capture the moment of "I think I just bricked this machine because I forgot a very simple thing" better than Andy Weir's novel did.
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I was a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It does contain a decent amount of technical/complex explanations which I expected before I began reading. I though it would take away from the experience but, for me at least, that never occurred. Even though I didn't fully understand everything that was explained, it did not subtract from my enjoyment. I think the science of it was well balanced with everything else that the book contained; not too much, not too little. Watney was definitely an admirable character with his resourcefulness. The book reads out in a log style for a large amount of the book, which may or may not subtract from the tension of the situation at times, but I also found it refreshing to read in a non-traditional format. Overall, I'd say this book is a must read for any sci-fi fan.
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When astronaut Mark Watney is thought to have died during a major dust storm on Mars, his crew is forced to leave the planet without his body. But Mark hasn’t died. Separated from the group and seriously injured, he does what’s necessary to stay alive. Mark’s botany and engineering background combined with his problem-solving skills gives him a solid chance, but will it be enough?

The Martian is a fresh, imaginative survival story. Told from Mark’s point of view through journal entries, there’s plenty of technical detail about the challenges ahead. Once NASA finally figures out that he’s alive, the story shifts to other POVs as scientists scramble to figure out how to get him back. Mark is a likeable, resourceful character with a sense of humor, which makes it easy to cheer for him. As setbacks occur, the story becomes a nail-biter to see if he’ll truly make it back home.

I can see why this originally self-published novel took off. There’s plenty of appeal for readers, especially those with a science background or who love science fiction novels. The detailed technical descriptions about how Mark managed to create food and water didn’t hold my interest, though, as much as the emotional component. Unfortunately, not a lot of attention is given to the psychological aspect of being alone and facing a risky, uncertain future. But Mark’s not the type to write about his feelings, and maybe that doesn’t matter too much. What does matter is what he does to survive, and how invested the rest of the world becomes in hoping that he succeeds. All in all, a really good story.
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