Oh Mark Watney. You beautiful, sassy, brilliant person. I love you.
Who would have thought that a science fiction book, taking place in space, would end up being one of my favorite books of the year? Not me! But I heard so many good things about this book, that I had to get a copy. It sat on my shelf for a while (shame on me), but when I finally started reading it, I could not put it down. I brought it everywhere with me—work, workout, coffee shops.
“I’m pretty much f–ked. That’s my considered opinion. F–ked.”
Andy Weir created this fantastically sassy, sarcastic, ingenious character that has to figure out how to survive on a planet that is not very hospitable. Weir’s writing is brilliant—I am not a science person, so I was a little leery going in that I would not be able to understand much of what I was reading. However, the way he wrote Watney, and how he explained what he was doing—sooo easy to read! Have the time I was laughing (and telling my mom that this book is brilliant), and the other half I was biting my nails because of some disaster or other that befell Watney.
Also, the email exchanges between him and NASA—let’s just say I died laughing.
“ME: “I took it apart, found the problem, and fixed it.”
NASA: “Dick.” ” (pg. 154)
Being stranded on Mars, you are limited to what your crew mates left behind when they were leaving, so of course Mark is stuck with 70’s music, a kindle full of Agatha Christie (which I would be totally okay with), and Three’s Company, and other tv shows.
““I wonder what he’s thinking right now.
How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”’
Mark’s humor in the face of life threatening conditions was probably my favorite part of this book. But what I also loved was reading in an essay from Weir at the end of the book, that this was scientifically accurate. I hope he writes more books set in space, because I need more! At the very least, more Watney!
Rating: 5/5 stars