Saturday, July 18, 2015

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir


Thus, I write a short personal review on The Martian by Andy Weir.

To be honest, I did not plan for this book in my reading list all along. It came up on the recommendation list on GoodReads and I saw it again on the books-to-movie list 2015. So, for some reason, I decided to pick up a book that I had no expectation whatsoever. Partly, because the cover was orange in colour, so I was not very fond of it before I even pick the book up.

Things began to went everywhere once I started the first page. The language was simple and straightforward and a different kind of tone than the usual fiction. From a first person point of view, I  could read into what was going on and of course, the main character was 'thinking out loud' by logging in every single of his thought.

It was a  story of how an astronaut, Mark Watney, who was believed to be dead, was left stranded on the surface of Mars. He went from finding ways to survive with the leftover supplies, to inventing new ones to lengthen his survival capacity. Once the basics were sort of covered, he made plans and trials, in attempt to communicate back on Earth. By then, he had explained how he sustained himself with potatoes, grown on Mars.

On another viewpoint, the headquarters on Earth was dumbfounded to find him alive and active and followed closely to his activities. They then proceed on rescue missions and plans. They planned to ensure Mark's survival until Ares4's arrival months later. Mark's other team members from Ares3, who flew off from the surface due to emergency, was not given the piece of news until a later days. When the mission of launching the extra supplies to Mark failed, the Ares3 team decided a 'mutiny' and avoided landing back on Earth. Instead, they went an extra round, going back to pick Mark up. 

Throughout the story, you get to read about space-travelling in lay man terms and engaged in a similarly exciting journey, though it could be fun and dangerous when it is for real. It explored how we looks at things in life and perceptions in different stages of life. It did give you a certain thinking sometimes, despite all the humour.

In total, I really enjoy this book and would like to congratulate Andy Weir for bringing this wonderful book to life. 

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