A NovelBook - 2014
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?
From Library Staff
2016 Read Across Lawrence selection. This sole-survivor story offers wide appeal for readers even beyond sci-fi fans. Basic survival requires duct tape, growing potatoes and a sense of humor. And don't miss the fabulous movie adaptation!
One of the first astronauts on Mars is stranded there after an accident. Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
LPL_PolliK Feb 26, 2015
I don't typically read Sci-Fi, and I tore through this book in an evening. Stranded on Mars, racing against the clock - I was THERE - with a main character who made me laugh in the face of danger. I have recommended this to everyone!
LPL_WilliamO Feb 03, 2016
(Challenge #18: Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.) The Read Across Lawrence selection for 2016 about a man who's left on Mars after his crew evacuates for safety, mistaking him for dead. A gripping survivor story that's out of this world - literally!
LPL_TeenZone Dec 17, 2015
A realistic, science-packed tale of a lone astronaut trapped on an alien planet. "The Martian" is funny and exciting, but still manages to make you feel as if you were reading a true story.
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"He must rely on his own resourcefulness to survive. He begins a log of his experiences. His philosophy is to "work the problem", solving each challenge in turn as it confronts him."
“ “What must it be like?” He pondered. “He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
Log entry: Sol 61
How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”
Yes, of course of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.
You know what? "kilowatt-hours per sol" is a pain in the ass to say. I'm gonna invent a new scientific name. one kilowatt-hour per sol is...it can be anything...um...I suck at this...I'll call it a "pirate-ninja"."
As with most of life's problems, this can be solved with a box of pure radiation.
"Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it's turned into a nightmare." - Mark Watney
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SEARCHING FOR TELEMETRY SIGNAL . . .
SIGNAL ACQUIRED . . .
The cast in space:
“Beck said (to sister Amy.) “Everyone has multiple roles. I’m the doctor, the biologist, and the EVA specialist. Commander Lewis is our geologist. Johanssen is the sysop and reactor tech. And so on”
How about that good-looking guy … Martinez?” Amy asked. “What does he do?”
“He pilots the MDV and MAV.” Beck said. “He’s also married with a kid, you lecherous homewrecker.”
“Ah well How about Watney? What did he do?”
“He’s our botanist and engineer. And don’t talk about him in the past tense.”
“Engineer? Like Scotty?”
“Kind of.” Beck said. “He fixes stuff.”
“I bet that’s coming in handy now.”
“Yeah, no shite.”
More Dilbert-like humor:
They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!
I need to ask myself, 'What would an Apollo astronaut do?' He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.
Me: “This is obviously a clog. How about I take it apart and check the internal tubing?”
NASA: (after five hours of deliberation) “No. You’ll freak it up and die.” So I took it apart.
“How did I end up in this situation? I’m the district sales manager of a napkin factory. Why is my daughter in space?”
Dilbert-like humor (2 of 3):
People have been using human waste as fertilizer for centuries. It’s even got a pleasant name: “night soil.” … My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.
The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations. The tiny lump on your side that wasn’t there before Coming home to your wife and seeing two wineglasses in the sink. Anytime you hear “We interrupt this program…”
I did turn the heat back on (I’m not insane), … Waking up to frigid weather felt surprisingly nostalgic. I grew up in Chicago, after all.
The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid.” I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.
I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.
Dilbert-like humor (3 of 3):
WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)
Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.
“Venkat’s got a doctorate in physics, Tim,” Bruce said. “You don’t need to explain transmission time to him.”
Tim shrugged. “You can never tell with managers.”
It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock: That rock hadn't moved in a million years!
“How are our monkeys?” “The children are fine.” She smiled.
If I can’t trust NASA, who can I trust?
I got really bored, so I decided to pick a theme song! … There are plenty of great candidates: “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
But I settled on “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.
Dilbert-like humor (1 of 3:)
“I admit it’s fatally dangerous,” Watney said. “But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.”
Live Another Sol would be an awesome name for a James Bond movie.“
I’ll drink as needed and dump my waste outdoors. Yeah, that’s right, Mars, I’m gonna piss and shxt on you. That’s what you get for trying to kill me all the time.
Just three words? Nothing about his physical health? His equipment? His supplies?'
'You got me,' she said. 'He left a detailed status report. I just decided to lie for no reason.'
Gay probe coming to save me. Got it.
I guess NAASA figured botany and chemistry are similar because they both end in “Y.”
“Space is dangerous,” Mitch snapped. “It’s what we do here. If you want to play it safe all the time, go join an insurance company…”
As my sole means of communication with NASA, Pathfinder gets to ride on the roof, Granny Clampett style.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Definitely full of action and very intense.
Coarse Language: The main character isn’t at all shy to express his anger through profanity.
Coarse Language: F-Bomb on the 4th word. But it definitely is not alone.
Coarse Language: The first word of the book is an expletive and the author doesn't shy away, though they aren't pervasive
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NASA has the ability to send maned spacecraft to Mars and back, unfortunately one of the astronauts gets left behind and is mistaken for dead. Watney, now stranded on a hostile planet with limited resources attempts to make contact with NASA while faced with starvation, mechanical failure and any number of things that could kill him.