Reading List: The Martian

I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. It's a book about an astronaut, Mark Watney, who gets stranded on Mars after a storm forces the rest of his team to evacuate. They, and everyone on Earth, believes he died in the storm. But he didn't. Watney goes through enormous trials to survive and to contact NASA; we're shown his ingenuity and creativity in his fight for survival. He's a botanist and a mechanical engineer, so his skills are fairly well suited to his predicament.

The book is heavy on science, but it's not a hard read. And Watney has a sense of humor that helps him stay sane through his ordeal, so the reader is entertained by little comments Warney has about his situation and how he reacts to things. I loved reading about Watney, and I wish that there was more to the book. I didn't want it to end!

The book has been made into a movie, currently in theaters. I've heard good things about the movie, though I have not been to see it yet.

The movie trailer is below.


Have you read the book? What did you think?