REVIEW: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian - Andy Weir

A man is accidentally left behind on Mars and has to find a way to survive, and hopefully escape the planet. The plot sounds compelling enough so I gave it a spin.


First off, this book is very science orientated. If you don't care about reading in depth explanations of how many gaseous liters, 25 liters liquid oxygen is and why that matters, this isn't the book for you.


Second, the plot is thin beyond the opening act. It's basically "Disaster=>Solution through applied science=>Disaster=>Solution through..." Repeat several times.

Unfortunately the writing isn't that good. A sense of doom never translates, in no small part that almost every character seems to be joking around at most times. The characters are flat as well for the most part.


This means that once you tire of the plot, there is nothing there anymore. Once I read about the 'final' plan, I skipped the remaining eighty pages to the end and little was lost.


They are going to make a movie out of this one as well, which I can't say surprised me as the book read more like a movie script than a novel. For the movie, I predict it will basically be Apollo 13 only with a Mars mission.


Final verdict:

Unless you really like this sort of novel, I wouldn't recommend it.