The Martian (mass Market Mti): A Novel by Andy WeirThe Martian (mass Market Mti): A Novel by Andy Weir

The Martian (mass Market Mti): A Novel

byAndy Weir

Paperback | August 18, 2015

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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?
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.
Title:The Martian (mass Market Mti): A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.51 × 4.19 × 1.08 inPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:110190500X

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, fast paced SF Heard lots about this book and decided to give it a go while I was on vacation. I certainly liked the many obstacles our hero had to overcome and was never sure if he was going to make it or not. Sorry, no spoilers. Because of the first person perspective, you do get a sense of the many thoughts someone in an almost impossible situation would be possibly thinking. I also liked the many mathematical equations our Martian had to contemplate, and how through the magic of futuristic science he is able to overcome most of them. Most! At times, the math is a bit overwhelming, but I have to believe that anyone who can become an astronaut / botanist is smart enough to figure things out that the rest of us mere mortals couldn't.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like the movie, you should read the book The book is even better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Rarely do you find a book that makes you stay up all night just so you can finish it the day you started it.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable I had a great time reading this book. Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I read this as a recommendation from a friend and it was the first book I've read in a while that I just could not put down. It's absolutely hilarious and thrilling read and scientifically accurate. You don't have to be a science major in order to follow along with what is being said. The simple story-telling format makes it impactful.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So interesting WOW! This book is fascinating and so believable. Considering we've never put a human on Mars to date, the science behind the story seems very accurate and detailed. Can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this I can't say enough good things about this book, it was a great read! Too bad it took being turned into a movie to get more of the attention it deserved, but none the less a great book, and movie to go along with it!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Novel Fantastic book. I highly appreciate the accuracy and detail of the science. It's rare to find such a scienctific science fiction book. Plus it's hilarious.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I wish I could say that I loved this book as I read it based on recommendations from three separate people. Each of them LOVED the novel and found it hilarious. I did find some parts of the novel quite funny and I did like the whole 'lost in space' storyline but I found the rest of the novel just mediocre. I felt that I got lost at times during the science/chemistry explanations but I did find that the information provided was necessary in making the reader believe in events that were happening. It was an okay read and I do think adamant fans of science fiction would enjoy this novel but I don't think it necessarily deserves the hype that it has been getting as a bestseller.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This! I bought a copy the year it came out and I have read it every six months, a rare feat with previously read books and every time I read it it's the same reactions and feelings as the first time around. The main character is a breath of fresh air from the usually hero main character, charming and witty. Grounded in accurate science, a comedy sci-fi definitely worth a read.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Sci-Fi adventure Space, Science, Comedy. This book has it all
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good laugh-out-loud-on-a-Saturday-afternoon stuff. Hilariously fun read! ..if you like edge of your seat, slightly morbid, full of ridiculous hope, fictional humour.. and why wouldn't you? Good laugh-out-loud-on-a-Saturday-afternoon stuff.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, This blew me away I initially got this book as a gift and was a little wary to read it. I like sci-fi and fantasy, but was afraid this book would be a little too dry for me. I was completely wrong. Yes, there are a lot of technical terms used, and it is heavy on the science side; but this is very well balanced with the wit and humour of the main character. While this was a work of science fiction, the detail put into the work made it seem very real. The character was lively and dynamic and the story was extremely compelling. I could not put it down. You quickly get wrapped up in this amazing read and you will definitely not regret buying this. If I could give this more stars I would.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome Loved this book, funny and scientific.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Although the movie was very good the book was much better. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this!! This was a great novel. I loved the dialogue throughout this novel, it has some laugh out loud moments that make the situation less daunting.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Space Pirates! This book was AMAZING! I actually think I could sit here all night writing about everything that is so right with this book! I saw the movie first and loved it so much I saw it in theaters 3 times and before seeing it a third time I bought the book and realized that this is one of the closest book to movie adaptations I've ever seen, which made me so so so excited! I'm not someone who is particularly enthralled with space, in fact, space terrifies me. Because of this, I wasn't exactly jazzed to see The Martian, with the exception of Matt Damon being in it, but I was blown away. And I was blown away a second time when I read this book. The characters and the science in this novel are so realistic and captivating it's sometimes hard to believe that this is a work of fiction! Seriously, no matter your interest level in space, or science, if you love entrancing characters mixed with a pithy humorous writing style, READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! Highly recommended book! It's an easy read narrative filled with sarcasm and science
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Addictive Once you get into this book there will be no stopping. The dry, sarcastic personality of the 'Martian' combined with the science and non-stop survival tension, is a wonderful mix!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book great plot, the narrative was surprisingly easy to read, the author made it easy for the reader to understand the science. Really funny!
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Science rules So much SCIENCE! Who wouldn't love it!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a thrill! Amazing plot!!!!!! Picked it up and couldn't put it down
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I loved The Martian. I have recommended it to most of my friends and really enjoyed all of the book. I liked the interviews with the author where he explained how he researched the book and thus I loved the book even more now. I would highly recommend reading it before watching the movie, but it stand up on its own. Great book!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read, even though it gets a bit too technical at times. I was a little wary about diving into this book, as I liked the movie, but couldn't decide how that would translate into a novel. The book works better than the film in some ways: 1. Mark Watney is quite a lot funnier and less dramatic in the book, but knowing the ending I never felt like anything was completely dire; 2. While the technical details can drag a little bit, it's these details that offer a better sense of realism, making it less Hollywood; 3. The many, MANY secondary characters are better flushed out so you get a better sense of who these people are who are trying to save the martian. All in all, I recommend it to anyone who's a fan of nerdy science books.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives Up To The Hype There's been a lot of hype for this book, especially now that it has a movie deal. And you know what? It absolutely deserves it. I was hooked from the first page, everything technical was explained in layman's terms, the scenarios were realistic, the danger was real, and it is impossible not to fall in love with Mark. From the first time he speaks his brand of humor, all you can think is: "If he dies, I'm going to cry like a baby." The story is masterfully woven, engaging, entertaining, and great fun from start to finish. You might be sick of seeing this book on every book shelf or seeing the commercial for the movies. I'm telling you right now, do NOT let that discourage you from reading THE MARTIAN. It's one of the best survival stories I've ever read, truly uplifting, and worthy of every good word said about it. Without question one of my top books of the year. READ IT!!!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique Story This isn't a typical sci-fi book, its realism makes it very intriguing. I found myself wanting to research the feasibility of everything the character was doing in the story, it's an interesting read.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting plot, not so great writing This is a novel that I have a hard time rating since I had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with it. Although the premise is intriguing and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next, I couldn't stand the protagonist and his narrative voice. I didn't appreciate his attempts at humor and I couldn't connect with him in anyway to make me care too much about his survival. There are some sections where the science lingo gets pretty heavy, but they don't last too long. I enjoyed it but was happy to be done.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Excellent book. Enjoyed it a lot. A great read.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read. At this point, the Martian may be a little overhyped considering the buzz it's received following the release of the film but It's still a good story to be certain. It's detailed and the science is thought out and explained well. Mark Watney is a perfect protagonist for the story at hand as he's both grounded and funny.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome #plumrewards. It's completely AMAZING, how strong the WILL to survive truly is within human beings. That and a whole lot of ingenious know how. Great read. Definitely recommended for any type of reader. Cause truth be told this wasn't even a genre I would normally read.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I seen the movie first and loved that so I decided that I had to read the book. I loved it, very entertaing. Some parts made me laugh out loud. I enjoy that time was taken to amke things scientifically possible
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!!! the book kept me entertained all the way! I loved Mark's wittiness
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A massive disappointment Reads like a nerdy little boy’s daydreams about solo travels in space. While a fine technical writer, with considerable scientific and mathematical prowess (endlessly flaunted with obscure scientific facts and complex calculations that make reading this book extremely tedious), Weir seems to lack any insight into the human condition. His characters lack any depth or human emotion, and the jokes scattered throughout the book are decidedly juvenile and cringe-worthy. Am I really supposed to believe that a lone astronaut abandoned on an uninhabitable planet millions of miles from home for more than a year would carry on in an infuriatingly cheerful manner, cracking jokes and indefatigably using his awfully convenient engineering skills to fix every treacherous problem that arises, without any sign of depression or anxiety? It is painfully evident that any response to the horrifying ordeal the protagonist faces that is anything other than jovial optimism would be disapproved of; this book does a disservice to all survivors of traumatic events. The “About the Author” section reveals that Weir has worked as a computer programmer since the age of 15 and spends his free time reading about astrophysics. Therein lies the problem, methinks.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! Read this book in a day. Great story - hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! this books was so good, I can hardly wrap my head around it. since I seen the movie first, I knew that in the end but I'm so glad some things were still able to shock me. mark watney is one of the most hilarious protagonists I have ever read about; even in dire life or death situations he still managed to push through them with humour. I want more, I need more. I need to know what happens otw home, if beck and johanssen end up together or if their relationship stops once they get back to earth. I'll be dreaming about this book for weeks. I'm going to look up some fanfic rn
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book Really enjoyed this book had humorous parts and kept my interest till the end
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I thoroughly enjoyed the book and following that up with the movie is superb
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I really enjoyed this book. Well written and loved the main character and his humour . Couldn't put it down. The book is WAY better than the movie which I found disappointing after having read the book, they just left too much out.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book This is one of the first books to have made me laugh out loud. The main character's optimism and humor is heart-warming and fun to read about. It may be a bit complicated with some of the scientific explanations, but overall it's one of my favorite books
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Reading. The idea is good and could be plausible in the future. Apart from going too much into the details (if you're into complicated explanations, you'll like this), I found the fact that anyone can survive so easily for such a long period of time a bit too much. I haven't seen the movie so I can't say they did a better job of it but the book is kind of repetitive at some places. It's still a good bedside book.
Date published: 2016-01-12

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”--Wall Street Journal “Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy…succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.”—USA Today   “An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”--Entertainment Weekly “Gripping…[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It’s hard not to be swept up in [Weir’s] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A.”—  “Andy Weir delivers with The Martian...a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”--Associated Press "A gripping tale of survival in space [that] harkens back to the early days of science fiction by masters such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke."--San Jose Mercury News “One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten.” --Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact andBlasphemy   “A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like “MacGyver” meets “Mysterious Island.” --Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth   "The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." --Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool   “The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13.” —Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One   “Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter.” --Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of theRingworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer “Humankind is only as strong as the challenges it faces, and The Martian pits human ingenuity (laced with more humor than you’d expect) against the greatest endeavor of our time — survival on Mars. A great read with an inspiring attention to technical detail and surprising emotional depth. Loved it!" --Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse “The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen.” —Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country    "Strong, resilent, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one.  You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down." —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deceptionand The Columbus Affair    “An excellent first novel…Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike [and] keeps the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred) "Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."--Booklist “Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery…Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.”—Kirkus  "Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure."--Library Journal (starred)    “A perfect novel in almost every way, The Martian may already have my vote for best book of 2014.”—Crimespree Magazine “A page-turning thriller…this survival tale with a high-tech twist will pull you right in.”—Suspense Magazine