The Martian

September 12, 2015

The Martian By Andy WeirI read the back of The
Martian more than two years ago, I’ve had a copy on my bookshelf for more
than a year and I’ve only now read it. The irony (and the bubble I sometimes
live in) is I learned they were making a movie only a week ago! So this works
out wonderful! Let me start by saying that Andy Weir’s debut novel blew my
mind, may it rest in peace. For the first time I’m not even sure where to
began. Do I keep this review short for fear anything I say would ruin the book?
Or do I tell all and if you haven’t read it, you’re just shit out of luck? What I will say is this. The
Martian is smart and discusses some intense sciencey things without making
me, and I’m sure every other reader, feel dumb. I’ve read my share of theory
books (Physics of The Future being
probably my favorite) and I would have still had trouble keeping up if Weir
didn’t have such a way with words. Never once does he talk down to the reader
or bore you with the details. Instead The
Martian was gripping, funny, and full of adventure.  I carried it everywhere I went – just so I
could get a few extra pages in during my day. Simply put: I didn’t want to put
it down. If there was one word to describe this book it would be:
Inventive. I really don’t want to spoil it for you. The reality is you
could go see it in a few weeks in the theatre, I’ll be there too. You could
read a spoiler online and have every nail biting moment laid out for you. But I
don’t want to do that. I don’t want to tell you if he lives or dies. I don’t
want to tell you how Mark Watney puzzles himself alive through another day on
mars. But what I will tell you is that this book was worth every moment. Andy
Weir created something special with The
Martian. I recommend reading it before the movie comes out. I don’t know if
it will live up to the masterpiece in my hands but I sure hope it does.
The Martian

By Andy Weir

I read the back of The Martian more than two years ago, I’ve had a copy on my bookshelf for more than a year and I’ve only now read it. The irony (and the bubble I sometimes live in) is I learned they were making a movie only a week ago! So this works out wonderful!

Let me start by saying that Andy Weir’s debut novel blew my mind, may it rest in peace. For the first time I’m not even sure where to began. Do I keep this review short for fear anything I say would ruin the book? Or do I tell all and if you haven’t read it, you’re just shit out of luck?

What I will say is this. The Martian is smart and discusses some intense sciencey things without making me, and I’m sure every other reader, feel dumb. I’ve read my share of theory books (Physics of The Future being probably my favorite) and I would have still had trouble keeping up if Weir didn’t have such a way with words. Never once does he talk down to the reader or bore you with the details. Instead The Martian was gripping, funny, and full of adventure.  I carried it everywhere I went – just so I could get a few extra pages in during my day. Simply put: I didn’t want to put it down.

If there was one word to describe this book it would be: Inventive.

I really don’t want to spoil it for you. The reality is you could go see it in a few weeks in the theatre, I’ll be there too. You could read a spoiler online and have every nail biting moment laid out for you. But I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to tell you if he lives or dies. I don’t want to tell you how Mark Watney puzzles himself alive through another day on mars. But what I will tell you is that this book was worth every moment. Andy Weir created something special with The Martian. I recommend reading it before the movie comes out. I don’t know if it will live up to the masterpiece in my hands but I sure hope it does.

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