Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Martian

By Andy Weir

Mark Watney is one of a team of astronauts who are the first humans to set foot on Mars. They have set up a camp and are already to spend weeks on the surface when a violent dust storm threatens to engulf the camp. For safety sake, they are told to abandon the camp and leave Mars. But in the process, Mark gets injured and is given up for dead and left behind. But he's not dead. And now he has to survive for years until rescue can be effected. Problem is, he doesn't have enough food to last that long. He will have starved to death before rescue can ever reach him.
Can Mark's ingenuity and the best scientists back home come up with a way for Mark to survive until then?

This was an interesting if very technical story. I liked the whole idea of one man surviving against all the odds on his own. I didn't care for the technical descriptions of how the various contraptions and machinery that Mark used worked. Not being a technical person, the descriptions were too complex and so I just skipped a lot of that. But despite that, it was an exciting and probably believable story. I don't have the technical know-how to really assess how believable it was. But it seemed pretty believable to me.

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