The Martian: A Novel Hardcover – Feb 11 2014
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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.See all Product Description
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I hope the movie is as enjoyable. With Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring it should be.
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.
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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Wonderful book. Very well written and entertaining. The characters really become real people, and we feel for them. I was on the edge of my seat.Published 8 days ago by Heather B
An awesome read, I recommend it to anyone that just "wonders what it would be like". The movie was great but (as usual) NOTHING compared to the book.Published 21 days ago by Mary Ellen
I loved this book! I hear that it might be a little too "math-y" for some, but I enjoyed the technical details. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Juniper
Be prepared for a story told while seated in the time-space airlock of life.The drama is staged with Sci-Fi staging , suspense and tension,and deep breaths of humour.Published 1 month ago by D.Patterson
Watched the movie first, book was just as fun and exciting to read as not everything is the same. Easy to read, lots of humorPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer