The Martian Book Review

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A couple years ago I would have spent hours of my day reading, however recently I seem to not have so much time to dedicate to reading the books that I want to and that are not textbooks. As well I think I'm more picky about what books I like to read.

The Martian, though, is one that caught my attention pretty quickly. 

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The Martian book review

This books first came to my attention when the movie came out, but instead of watching the movie first I was determined to read the book first since it's kind of a habit I wanted to get into after watching the Harry Potter movies without reading the books and feeling like I had missed out on so much.

So back in around, I think it was, March time, most likely over the Easter break when I finally had some free time and was at my grandparents so couldn't access the internet as freely, I picked up The Martian from my to-be-read pile and got lost in the words.

I'm going to try and not give too many spoilers away, but in case, this is a spoiler warning and if you wish to read this book without them, please read it first and then come share your views about it with me here on this post.

So let's start with the blurb...

I'm stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate.
If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst.
If the Habitat breaches, I'll just kind of explode.

If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

I'm screwed.

Already there are some words that are little out of the way of everyday vocabulary and let me tell you that it doesn't stop there. This being a science fiction there is, of course, going to be some words that we might not know, and even I being a science student got stumped a few times. But there's nothing a quick google search can't solve, and at the end of the day, you've even learnt a new word!

Back to the book.

The author Andy Weir is not someone who I had heard of before, however, his writing style is one I very much enjoyed. The words of The Martian were gripping and left me turning the page, again and again, hours into the night in hopes I could find out how our character Mark Watney was surviving out on Mars even quicker.

The book is written in a journal kind of format, which is a style I have come to love over the years, and you can truly feel the emotions of Mark as he tries to last out there in space, as well as the humour that appears every now and again. Though threading between the entries to Mark's journal there are also chapters from other characters points of views, giving you insights to how this event is on a far larger scale than just Mark out there on Mars.

I think most of all about The Martian which intrigued me the most was the space and expeditionary side of it. Despite it being fiction parts of it were very true to science, and being a girl who does indeed love science particularly space and the possibilities it holds, it made science a little more fun than reading that A-Level textbook over and over to try and understand the content - I definitely needed to take a pause from studying over Easter even if it was only a short while.

And though I'm not going to give any more of it away since I want you all to go and read The Martian. Don't be turned away by the science, read it for the adventure and the excitement of turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next.

If you have already read it, what were your thoughts on The Martian?

I now need to go watch the movie, that I sure hope I will enjoy just as much as the book.

- Sophie x

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