April 21, 2021

The Martian by author Andy Weir

On a recent trip, I perused books in an airport store and was drawn to Andy Weir’s The Martian since it was an easy-to-carry $10 paperback. My flight literally flew by so engrossing was this best-seller.

Science geeks will love the tech talk in this space travel saga, but the taut plotting will keep most readers engaged even if you skim some of the science details.

Botanist Mark Watney is stranded on Mars when his fellow astronauts erroneously deem him dead. This science fiction account shows Watney’s ingenuity in keeping himself alive with only what he finds on the Red Planet.

A film adaptation of the book, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon as Watney is currently in the theaters. I had been advised to read the book before seeing the movie and I would concur.

After being turned down by several literary agents, Weir initially self-published The Martian in 2011. Crown Publishing picked it up and re-released it in 2014. I bet those agents are kicking themselves!

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