The Martian by Andy Weir {Book Review}

The Martian is one of the best Mars movies released and the one that paved a path for many more to come! It’s a must-see sci-fi movie, even if you’re not a Matt Damon fan-it’s worth it!

The movie was just awesome, and I knew I had to get my hands on the book because there would be so many more details to absorb and dwell in.

I scored with finding the book online at a reduced price and read it not long after because I didn’t want to wait!

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Book review: The Martian by Andy Weir #bookreview


Astronaut Mark Watney becomes one of the first people to walk on Mars. Turns out, he’ll also now be the first to die on Mars.

A sandstorm separates Mark from his crew, who are forced to evacuate while thinking him dead. Mark comes to to find himself stranded and complete alone with no way to let Earth know that he is still alive.

Even if he manages to let Earth know, he still won’t have enough supplies to survive until he can be rescued.

While worrying about starvation is justified, he realises it’s not the only worry on his plate. The Mars environment isn’t an easy one, the damaged machinery can lead to further complications, and errors on his side could possibly be disastrous.

Mark isn’t ready to give up.

Using his skills, creativity and his will to survive, he faces each challenge as it comes; obstacles that need to be successfully overcome if he is to somehow survive this ordeal.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

The book has a steady pace with some humorous parts throughout the plot, which was a breath of fresh air given the circumstances in the book.

At 435 pages, it took me a few days to finish the book. Mostly because I wanted to make sure I understood the science behind the story to truly appreciate the plot of the book. Granted, there is much hypothetical-ness to read about, it’s still a nice Mars story that doesn’t involve monsters and aliens, or a horror attraction. The horror comes through in a different way though…

One of the most important parts of this book was to portray all of Mark’s emotions as realistically as possible to readers so we have a good idea of the anxieties, fear and small triumphs that he feels throughout the book.

I felt ecstatic each time there was a plan thought up and some success followed, and equally pissed off each there was a setback and complete mess of a situation. Did I throw out some curse words? Oh yeah, I very much did so!

His determination to survive is commendable, a well-written character that has a fighting spirit.

The journal style writing was a great choice for the book and added more realism to it, being in space and all. The different points of view were a great addition to show the different sides of the spectrum of worry and difficult decision-making.


I loved the concept that the author created for the book and it wasn’t your standard Mars story that has been dished out over the years. It’s a fresh look at survival when the odds are truly against you with little to no good outcome of the situation.

This book hits my recommendation list over and over again!

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.40 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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