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The Martian

A Novel

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The Martian by Andy Weir
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Crown/Archetype; February 2014
368 pages; ISBN 9780804139038
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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
 
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Accessible and fun 'hard' sci-fi
A really engaging and thrilling story of ultimate survival against impossible odds, with really impressive mathematical, physics and chemistry detail - no shortcuts are taken here!
The protagonist is absolutely hilarious and you have to respect his indomitable will and enthusiasm in the face of almost certain death, and the grinding, tiring work he has to do. It really shows the brilliance, ingenuity, tenacity and endurance of those elite who get to explore space, and why they have been chosen to do so.
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Gripping story of a lone fight for survival
Maybe only fully to be appreciated if you are a bit of a tech nerd. But thrilling from the first to the last page, totally without monsters and aliens from outer space.
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9780553418026
9780804139038