The Martian (Paperback)

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The Martian is full of wit, humor, survival, and verve. When Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars he must figure out how to survive while cut off from all communication with Earth. Split between Watney’s point of view and the rescue mission back home, Andy Weir uses just the right amount of science to make you feel like you’re there and understand without ever overwhelming you. A classic survival story meets classic sci-fi, both updated for today’s world. Easily the most fresh and enjoyable sci-fi I’ve read in a long, long time.

-- Cari

— From Cari Q. Staff Picks

Before reading this I had never been one for science fiction but I had always loved science and I had always loved fiction. I finally decided to try it out and this book was absolutely the perfect book to experiment with. It was so well written and so well researched that I had a very hard time remembering that this was a debut novel. Everything was so well done that I fell even more in love with Mars and found myself growing very attached to the character as well as the author. Andy Weir has such a talent that I am an instant fan and I can't wait to see where he takes me next.

-- Sara

— From Sara F. Staff Picks


Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

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?

About the Author

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780553418026
ISBN-10: 0553418025
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English