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The Martian

By: Andy Weir

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Imprint: Broadway Books

Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780553418026

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On Sale: | Pages: 400

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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?
...an entertaining and exhilarating debut novel... The author is a software engineer and lifelong “space nerd” whose interests and hobbies include relativistic physics, orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight. All this uniquely specific know-how, combined with a fertile imagination and an offbeat sense of humor, allowed Weir to concoct a rousing science-based “what if?” adventure story.
—Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram
The story succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.... And there's one of the book's flaws: an occasional tendency to burrow a bit more deeply into the science (or pseudo-science) than is compatible with the speedy narrative pace that readers of the genre prefer.... But Mark's unflappability, perhaps the book's biggest asset, is also its greatest weakness.... But if Andy Weir isn't Daniel Defoe, he still has a bright future as a crafter of high-quality entertainments destined to keep us on the edge of our seats at the multiplexes and make him very rich. The Martian, it's impossible not to suspect, is just the beginning.
—USA Today
As debut novels go, you won't find many finer than THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir. I'll just come right out and make that clear from the get-go. From its opening descent into chaos to the final nail-biting pages, the book is a complete triumph.... Following the trials of Watney as he fights to survive is a glorious adventure. It is easy to cheer his successes yet heartbreaking when the planet rises up to beat him down. Through it all, it is his intelligence and rapid-fire humor that engages you and ties you to him.
This is techno sci-fi at a level even Arthur Clarke never achieved. It's also a celebration of human ingenuity.... "The Martian" must be the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years. Just one character most of the time, no dialogue. It's utterly compelling.
—Wall Street Journal
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