Ciao cyberspace, and Assalam u Aliekum! 😀 I apologize for being a little late in posting this review, but school’s been keeping me pretty busy. Anyhow, here goes:
When a terrific dust storm hits the surface of Mars, a crew of astronauts are forced to retreat and set their journey back to Earth. What they don’t realize is that they’re also abandoning a member of their crew alone; botanist and engineer, Mark Watney. With no means of communication and a limited amount of food, Mark has no option but to survive this bizarre situation with two of his most powerful tools- resourcefulness and determination.
The Martian is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year- in terms of the plot, the setting, the characters and even the writing. But although it was a pretty clever book, I did have some problems finishing it.
You could learn a lot about Science and how certain things work by reading this book; which is pretty neat but sadly, that’s what threw me off. It soon got difficult to pay attention to Mark’s continuous attempts to fix things. Also, at times it was transparent that the characters were created by a person rather than being real. Something about their personalities and style lacked depth which makes me think that the author failed to give as much importance to the characters as he should have.
Those flaws aside, the book had plenty of great qualities. Despite being unbaked, I did like the characters who though being nerds, were pretty epic. I had a great time reading their tense yet funny conversations and of course, Mark’s prose. He is a terrific protagonist and his voice was remarkable throughout the book. It was fun to see his ideas and theories and equally fun to watch him implement on them. He never gave up, kept coming up with solution after solution and you can’t help but admire a person like that. Even in the most difficult situations his bubbling personality wasn’t effected, which was a relief because he was a joy to have around.
Everyone had to take a lot of risks in this story but the way they dealt with the situations was astounding and I was very impressed, plus a little ashamed for thinking to give up on little things when the characters here barely flinched at extreme situations.
This book also had a very delicate side; one that took me by surprise me. There is a lot of emotional involvement in the book- from decisions taken to stay alive, to playing with the lives of others to help another. The emotional conversations in the book made me realize how much there really is in being an astronaut and increased my respect for them.
The last couple of pages were pretty intense, giving us readers one last taste of a fun ride. I am certainly glad to have read this book and would highly recommend it to any lover of science fiction who has not yet read The Martian.
📌 FTC disclaimer: Thanks to Blogging For Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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