The Martian

The Martian

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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?" --
Publisher: New York, N. Y. : Crown, [2014], c2011.
ISBN: 9780553418026
0553418025
Branch Call Number: SCIFI Weir Andy 02/2014
Characteristics: 369 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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Astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded on Mars. And growing lots and lots of potatoes.

Good crossover or intro into sci-fi

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JCLEmilyD Jan 25, 2017

This is a hands-down fabulous book! It’s an adventure. In space. On Mars. What more do you need??! But on top of that it’s witty and science-y with a hint of impending doom.

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JCLAxelF Nov 16, 2015

This is a great read. The writing is fast paced and compelling but not so on edge and stressful that it hurts to read it. The characters are authentic and fun and its easy to empathize with them. Mark, the main character, is an everyday kind of guy that surviving by his wits and luck alone. Best ... Read More »

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JCLKenW Oct 03, 2015

Astronaut stranded on Mars after accident - challenges he faces as he tries to survive and reconnect with Earth for rescue. Irreverent humor throughout. MacGyver approach to skills used to survive.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2020

I assume that by now we all know the story of this book, or at least the general idea from the movie’s trailer. That was an awesome movie, and for once, the book is even better, but for the same reasons. There’s Mark Whatney’s infectiously positive attitude and great sense of humour; the fact that he is always explaining to us through his logs what he is planning to do, how it will work, and what could go wrong; the random references to pop culture, etc. And it leaves no doubt that Whitney would have no problem whatsoever living through quarantine. Earth to reader… come in reader. Do not pick up this book. You need to get some sleep tonight. Ten out of ten.
@R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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BookWorm099
Jul 29, 2020

Astronaut Mark Watney becomes one of the first people to walk on Mars. His crew is
forced to evacuate without him, thinking he is dead, when a dust storm separates them. Mark is stranded on Mars, with no form of communication to Earth, fighting for his survival. His supplies will run out shortly, but he is more likely to die because of the unknown environment on Mars. One small mistake could cost his life. But Mark is ready to give up. His scientific knowledge and background gives him hope of surviving in the harsh world and getting back home. But it won’t be easy.

The Martian by Andy Weir is an amazing science fiction novel that is set a few years in
the future when mankind has the technology to send humans to Mars. The novel has some
offensive language, but it should be no problem to mature readers. There is lots of
scientific/technical terms and process talked about throughout the book, so it may be confusingat times to some readers. Understanding these may be a challenge, but it is not vital to keep upwith the storyline of the book. Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to readers that are veryinterested in space and science fiction in general. It kept me looking forward to turn the page, and I’m sure it will be the same for others.

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Derik2me
Jul 10, 2020

2012 - 4.40

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 16, 2020

A reasonable candidate for best science fiction story ever. Andy Weir is great at two things: rocket science and snark. You can probably imagine how well those two things go together. Mark Watney, the protagonist, is crazy brilliant and hilarious. This novel is fantastic on all levels. Weir has a promising career ahead of him, and a very much appreciate the research that went into making this amazing book.

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kwhit14
Jun 01, 2020

This book is like castaway in space. Quickly paced, to keep you up too late turning the pages.

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stempelpaso
Apr 23, 2020

An approachable and laugh-out-loud funny science fiction story. Lots of science, but it's easy to skip those details if it isn't your thing, and still enjoy the book. Lots of humor from the main character, Mark Watney, as he faces being stranded on Mars with supplies running low. Even readers who don't normally gravitate to this genre will be entertained.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 19, 2020

An more realistic near future science fiction book, while fascinating and highly enjoyable it often gets bogged down with scientific talk and math. That being said I loved the character of Mark Watney and his narrative is hilarious and fun while he also comes to terms with the possibility of death and the loneliness of isolation.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 16, 2020

The Martian is a science fiction novel by Andy Weir. After Mark Watney is left alone on Mars there seems to be no hope of survival. The story tells a tale of perseverance and determination and has you rooting for Mark the entire time. Mark’s resourcefulness and ingenuity always leaves you amazed. The part I liked most about this novel was how realistic it was, a scenario like this is very possible in the near future. The plot goes through all of Mark’s crazy ideas and exhibits why they turned out the way they did. Mark Watney also has some funny moments making him more charismatic. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Martian and I give it five out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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miketany
Apr 07, 2020

The Martian by Andy Weir is a very thought provoking and interesting novel about an astronaut, Mark, who was separated from his fellow astronauts on Mars during a windstorm in which they were leaving due to the wind speed being very high. Mark was hit by debris and was sent flying and the ARES III crew decided to leave him behind because it was too dangerous to keep searching for him. Mark survives the storm and manages to survive on Mars through resourcefulness and engineering. I think Mark is a very resourceful person, as he used his limited supplies and created a potato farm, established contact with NASA back on Earth using a rover Pathfinder he recovered. These ingenious ideas are a testament to Human resilience and will to survive. Mark managed to solve some seemingly impossible problems and also dealt with many massive obstacles, such as when an airlock for the HAB leaked, depressurizing the HAB and killing his entire potato farm. I think that in dire situations, Humans tend to work together, no matter who the other people are and their differences. This story is an excellent example of the world coming together to save one person stranded on Mars. I think Humanity would advance a lot further and quicker if people are able to disregard race or political stance and collectively work toward a common goal of advancing Human technology.

I would rate this book a 10/10 for creativity and how realistic the book is. The entire story was founded upon proven science and did not create any events that would not happen in reality. Andy Weir’s devotion to keeping the book scientifically accurate is remarkable and I think would keep this book relevant and interesting to readers for years to come.

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avidFVreader
Mar 02, 2020

Interesting story, reads like a screenplay. Enjoyed the humour.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 03, 2020

"Once I'd shut everything down, the interior of the Hab [living unit] was eerily silent. I'd spent 449 sols [Mars days] listening to its heaters, vents, and fans. But now it was dead quiet. It was a creepy kind of quiet that's hard to describe. I've been away from the noises of the Hab before, but always in a rover or an EVA suit, both of which have noisy machinery of their own. But now there was nothing. I never realized how utterly silent Mars is. It's a desert world with practically no atmosphere to convey sound. i could hear my own heartbeat." (p. 284)

Tualatin_JoH Aug 28, 2018

"He must rely on his own resourcefulness to survive. He begins a log of his experiences. His philosophy is to "work the problem", solving each challenge in turn as it confronts him."

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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 18, 2018

“ “What must it be like?” He pondered. “He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
Log entry: Sol 61
How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”

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AddisonLiu
Aug 07, 2016

Yes, of course of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.

You know what? "kilowatt-hours per sol" is a pain in the ass to say. I'm gonna invent a new scientific name. one kilowatt-hour per sol is...it can be anything...um...I suck at this...I'll call it a "pirate-ninja"."

As with most of life's problems, this can be solved with a box of pure radiation.

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braedenmillanes
Jul 06, 2016

"Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it's turned into a nightmare." - Mark Watney

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SueStarlight
Jan 26, 2016

SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SIGNAL ACQUIRED . . .

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

The cast in space:

“Beck said (to sister Amy.) “Everyone has multiple roles. I’m the doctor, the biologist, and the EVA specialist. Commander Lewis is our geologist. Johanssen is the sysop and reactor tech. And so on”
How about that good-looking guy … Martinez?” Amy asked. “What does he do?”
“He pilots the MDV and MAV.” Beck said. “He’s also married with a kid, you lecherous homewrecker.”
“Ah well How about Watney? What did he do?”
“He’s our botanist and engineer. And don’t talk about him in the past tense.”
“Engineer? Like Scotty?”
“Kind of.” Beck said. “He fixes stuff.”
“I bet that’s coming in handy now.”
“Yeah, no shite.”

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

More Dilbert-like humor:

They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!

I need to ask myself, 'What would an Apollo astronaut do?' He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.

Me: “This is obviously a clog. How about I take it apart and check the internal tubing?”
NASA: (after five hours of deliberation) “No. You’ll freak it up and die.” So I took it apart.

“How did I end up in this situation? I’m the district sales manager of a napkin factory. Why is my daughter in space?”

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (2 of 3):
People have been using human waste as fertilizer for centuries. It’s even got a pleasant name: “night soil.” … My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.

The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations. The tiny lump on your side that wasn’t there before Coming home to your wife and seeing two wineglasses in the sink. Anytime you hear “We interrupt this program…”

I did turn the heat back on (I’m not insane), … Waking up to frigid weather felt surprisingly nostalgic. I grew up in Chicago, after all.

The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid.” I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.
I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.

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jimg2000
Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (3 of 3):

WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)

Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.

“Venkat’s got a doctorate in physics, Tim,” Bruce said. “You don’t need to explain transmission time to him.”
Tim shrugged. “You can never tell with managers.”

It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock: That rock hadn't moved in a million years!

“How are our monkeys?” “The children are fine.” She smiled.

If I can’t trust NASA, who can I trust?

I got really bored, so I decided to pick a theme song! … There are plenty of great candidates: “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
But I settled on “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.

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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 18, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Definitely full of action and very intense.

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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 18, 2018

Sexual Content: Humorous mentions only

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BudgiesNbooks
Aug 18, 2018

Coarse Language: The main character isn’t at all shy to express his anger through profanity.

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green_cat_3454
Apr 12, 2018

Other: Several characters take our LORD's name in vain.

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green_cat_3454
Apr 12, 2018

Coarse Language: F-Bomb on the 4th word. But it definitely is not alone.

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AffirmationChick
Nov 06, 2015

Coarse Language: The first word of the book is an expletive and the author doesn't shy away, though they aren't pervasive

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vv8
Jun 13, 2015

Coarse Language: Profanity throughout

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josieschneiderSI
Apr 23, 2020

When a disastrous dust storm ruins the first manned mission to Mars, the crew assumes botanist Mark Watney is dead and leaves him behind as they flee the planet. After Watney regains consciousness, returns to base, and treats his own wounds, he must figure out how to survive without being able to communicate with anyone on Earth. He soon figures out how to generate water and grow his own food, which will allow him to survive until the next crew arrives in 4 years.

Back on Earth, NASA discovers Watney is alive through satellite images and begins developing a plan to rescue him. Watney builds a solar-powered rover in hopes of traveling to the next landing site (it also allows him to contact NASA), but disaster strikes when his base is damaged and his crops die. This forces NASA to find a quicker solution involving the return of his crew, but the plan is dangerous for both Watney and the other members of the Ares 3. Troubles continue to plague Watney, but thanks to his constant ingenuity, the rescue is ultimately a success.

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lonewolf8
Jun 28, 2015

NASA has the ability to send maned spacecraft to Mars and back, unfortunately one of the astronauts gets left behind and is mistaken for dead. Watney, now stranded on a hostile planet with limited resources attempts to make contact with NASA while faced with starvation, mechanical failure and any number of things that could kill him.

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lham19
Jun 13, 2015

Very nerdy and sciency. Full of wonder. The quick humor, fast-paced action, and cool-factor made it hard to put down and completely unforgettable

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