5-Star Review: THE MARTIAN

Wow…So I haven’t been this blown away by a book a awhile. This is easily my favourite new read of 2019.

This book gets all five stars – let’s get into it!



“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?”

I just need to take my hat off to Andy Weir. This book was utterly fantastic. It was full of intrigue, action, inspiration, and most of all: humour. I never lost interest for a second while reading this book. Sometimes I laughed, sometimes I was on the edge of my seat, and sometimes I just had to take a second to admire the creativity and resourcefulness of Watney.

I thought I might like THE MARTIAN, but I wasn’t even all that sure about it. I don’t read a huge amount of adult fiction, and while I adore science fiction, I surprisingly haven’t read any books that focus on today’s Mars, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Safe to say, I was not disappointed.

The book’s reflection on humanity and compassion was inspiring and uplifting, as were the tribulations and triumphs of Watney and those determined to help him. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it there, but if you haven’t read THE MARTIAN yet, you can find it here. You won’t regret this read!

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  1. I love this book too! I’m not a big sci-fi person when it comes to reading (which can get annoying sometimes because people tend to lump fantasy/sci-fi together as if you’re *sure* to enjoy one if you enjoy the other), but I saw the movie and loved it, so then I bought the book. Definitely a fantastic read! I adore the voice, which I think they pretty well nailed in the adaptation, but I think what I really love about this book – and I think this is the reason I’m not as interested in sci-fi that involves weird alien creatures and technology that’s currently 100% impossible – is the way Weir takes current science and current scientific exploration and pushes it *just a little bit* to give us this novel. Like, humans have been in space, humans have landed on the moon, human tech has landed on Mars, we know quite about about Mars’ environment – so he really just drew on that and multiple scientific disciplines to weave a story that’s sci-fi but also really feels like it could happen in the not-too-distant future.

    (Although obviously I’d hope that when people finally do reach Mars there’s no need to emergency-evacuate and no one gets left behind if there is!)


    1. Thanks so much or reading! 🙂 I really loved the more realistic outlook, too! It was easy to see how that could happen to somebody, even in near modern day, which was super nice and refreshing! Also, I agree with you about the fantasy/scifi thing–I find them to be very different genres. I tend to prefer sci-fi, and while I’ll read fantasy from time to time, I’d rather to just be able to look for sci-fi sometimes rather than having them lumped together 🙂

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  2. Hi BCB,

    If the movie was great I bet the book was great. Thanks for the review.


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