It’s been called a mash-up between Apollo 11 and Castaway.
The story is about an astronaut–Mark Watney–that is stranded on Mars (not a spoiler, it’s one of the first things that happens in the book) during a horrible storm that sweep through their location and carried Watney out of sight. The book is about how he struggles to survive all alone 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers) away from Earth, while his crew believes he’s dead and so does the entire planet.
I found out midway through the novel that there will be a movie coming out this year, with Matt Damon as the lead (as well as an incredible all-star cast). For the rest of the book, I couldn’t get Matt Damon’s face out of my head while imagining Mark Watney walking around the Hab (Martian habitat). This’s why I like reading the book before there is a movie (in some cases), so it doesn’t affect my vision of what I created in my mind from the author’s words.
The majority of this story is pretty believable, but there was one part I just couldn’t get onboard with. Every one of the astronauts served dual purposes, and for the most part were comparable traits. But Mark Watney was a botanist and mechanical engineer. I just don’t see how that would ever be possibly. But it did come in handy while you have a character living on Mars. How convenient.
I don’t know how I feel about Mark Watney. He’s a genius and was extremely innovative when he needed to be. But his personality seemed that of a college frat boy. I guess you could caulk it up to a man not caring about his attitude in the predicament he was in. But it did give a lot of comic relief to the novel.
I wish I could tell you more about this story, but I don’t want to give even one little bit of the story away! You have to read and it find out for yourself! You will be on the edge of your seat and loving every moment of it!