by Bailey Fidler
The Martian is a gripping novel about a manned mission to Mars gone awry, by newcomer Andy Weir. His first novel, The Martian is a truly thrilling account of a mission to the red planet where one man, taken for dead by the rest of his team, must survive on limited resources and attempt to contact earth. His plight depends on his ability to problem solve and get creative.
This book is one of my favorites in years, and Weir writes with a passion that only a true space nerd could muster. With just enough technical information to inform the reader without getting bogged down, Weir manages to craft the most effective page turner since The Da Vinci Code.
If you liked the movies Interstellar or Apollo 13, you’ll love The Martian. Weir has spun a masterpiece here, and you’ll want to read this one before next Thanksgiving, when acclaimed sci-fi director Ridley Scott’s (Alien, Blade Runner, Prometheus) adaptation of the book arrives in theaters, starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney.