After a freak accident during a violent storm, astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars. Alone and unsupported, he must cope with his immediate injuries and survival and then face the prospect of a four year wait for the next mission to arrive. How will he breathe, what will he eat and how will he remain sane through the long months of isolation? Back on earth, observers at NASA notice the movement of the Mars lander and realize that Mark is still alive. They throw all of their brainpower and resources into a stunning rescue effort as the world watches and waits.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
Everyone really enjoyed this novel (and the film). It was gripping, funny and entertaining. The book was first self-published on the author’s web site, but he was asked by readers to put it on Amazon where he originally charged $1. Once a publisher picked it up, the novel became a sensation. Many NASA employees feel that the portrayal of astronauts is so accurate that Weir must have had an insider to help with the details. We loved Mark’s character –his intelligence, resourcefulness and the way he retained his sense of humour throughout his ordeal. Recommended.