Review of ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir

World Book NightFor the first time since my daughter was born five months ago I managed to finish a physical book (as opposed to an e-book or audiobook); it’s quite hard finding free hand time when you have a baby! I finally read my World Book Night book ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir, and I wish I’d read it sooner because it’s brilliant.

The book follows the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars after the rest of his crew and ship leave in a dust storm thinking he is dead. It chronicles his struggle to survive in the planet’s inhabitable environment.

This book should be really boring, it’s full of science and technical speak and details of one man fixing machinery; but somehow it manages to be thrilling and fascinating. I loved it! Watney’s voice is funny and acerbic and you root for his character so much because he doesn’t wallow in loneliness or despair, his attitude is positive and can do and it makes this a really uplifting, life-affirming read.