“The Martian” by Andy Weir Spoiler Free Book Talk

The Martian by Andy Weir Book Talk

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Page Count: 369 Pages

Genre: Science Fiction

Released: Self-published in2011 / Published by Crown on February 11, 2014

Movie Adaptation: Released on October 2, 2015


Mark Watney is a crew member on the Ares 3 mission to Mars. After a horrible storm throws their preparations and planning off course, Watney is unable to be found by the rest of his crew. Believing him to be dead, they leave him behind. Now, alone on a foreign planet, Mark Watney must figure out how to survive with his remaining supplies. 

My Thoughts: 

Andy Weir has created a captivating novel. The character of Mark Watney is one that readers can easily root for. He is intelligent, funny, and resilient. I have always been interested in Astronomy, but I never did a lot of research on the topic. From the perspective of a casual reader, I absolutely loved this book. The story shifts from journey entries by Watney to the perspective of NASA workers as they rush to save the lone astronaut, and even to the perspectives of his crew members. 

Every character, no matter how much time they were given on page, have fleshed out personalities and are intriguing. I loved reading about the dynamics of the remaining crew members on the ship. 

This book flies by and is perfect for anybody who has been in a reading slump or is looking to get into reading. 

The fact that this book was originally self-published before it was picked up by a traditional publisher and turned into a movie is deeply inspiring. I actually watched the movie in school before I even knew it was a book, and it was also amazing. 

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