Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Martian by Andy Weir - Paul's PRE-READING

**I was provided an advanced eARC of this novel via NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review**

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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Year Published: 2014

Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Why?: The cover first caught my attention and then the concept made me so much more interested. A lone astronaut stuck on Mars trying to survive. I really enjoy survival stories which usually take place in some deserted location, but I've never read a survival story when the survivor is the only person on the whole planet. I also am a big sci-fi fan and am trying to read more adult sci-fi novels. 

Expectations: I'm expecting a very human survival story of an individual surviving alone. I'm expecting something along the lines of Castaway or Hatchet but on Mars. I want to see how this man survives, both his body and his mind.  

Judging a book by its cover: This cover is simple and wonderful. It features an astronaut in the middle of a Mars dust cloud. The cover is what made me look into this novel. 


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