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The Martian - Andy Weir

Paperback Published: 1st October 2014
ISBN: 9780091956141
Number Of Pages: 384

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I'm stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I'm screwed.

About the Author

ANDY WEIR has always been fascinated by space travel and like most kids growing up wanted to be an astronaut.

Instead, he wrote a book – The Martian - which he self published on Amazon in 2012. It went on to receive 1,500 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars, with similar success on Goodreads. The film rights have been bought by Fox.

Andy hopes this will be the first of many trips into space.


Punchy, Fun and SO much better than the movie


A punchy story line and pace makes this book really enjoyable. Not as shallow and dumb as I thought it was going to be.



Out of this world, but could have been in it.


A gripping story but overplayed. Where it was initially believable, the repetition of Indiana Jones style problems and solutions became rather predictable. Written in an easy to read style, the original plot would have been a classic, but over worked, it falls short.

Adelaide, SA


Great Read


This is really entertaining 'hard' sci-fi. The main character is great, the story interesting and believable and it never dwells too long on a scene, which makes it a light and fun read. My only criticism is that it reads a little like a movie. It will make a great film, but doesn't go beyond the main characters and what they are doing, making it more descriptive than engaging in who he is and what he believes. This is a minor point as it was so entertaining to read, I'm looking forward to the film greatly.



Tense, believable.


This book is an very easy read and a page turner. Using current scientific knowledge the author has created a tense insight in to what it would mean to be deserted in the near future. There are no zapatron rays or benevolent aliens to save the day here!

Melbourne AU


Couldn't put it down





Appalling science matched by terrible prose.


Andy Weir's book is a self publishing phenomenon and that should automatically cause alarm. The prose is truly dire, the plot is full of holes. Anybody with a rudimentary understanding of science (Year 10 science) will groan at the howlers of this supposed Astronaut who is a biologist and mechanical engineer - who can't code on a computer, doesn't understand basic chemical reactions, and on and on and on it goes. But what's worse is how poor the prose and structure of the novel is. Chapter after chapter he sets up a premise which you know will be solved. In the majority the novel is in the first person and not a very likeable first person. A book in need of a serious edit and a basic rewrite to get some of the science right. NASA would only send an astronaut as idiotic as this protagonist to Mars if it was a one way trip.

Melbourne, AU


Great Book!


This is not the type of book I usually read but I truly loved it. It's funny, has short chapters, is clever but still accessible, and is an easy read. As I was reading it I kept thinking - this would make a really good movie. Brilliantly, it is coming out as a movie towards the end of the year with Matt Damon as the main character. I'm looking forward to it even though I don't know how they are going to portray so much of his humorous inner-dialogue in film.





This book was recommended to me by a friend and i honestly didn't think it would be my cup of tea, but within the first few pages i was hooked. A captivating read, Andy Weir has created a unique, witty fight-for-survival story with an engaging lead character.



Sometimes great, mostly good


Lots of technical details, not all of it easy to follow, but it gives the story its edge of realism. The last third of the novel is very gripping. Sometimes it's noticeable that it's the not the work of an experienced author- some cardboard cut-out characters- but the protagonist's personality really does grow on you.

Brisbane, AU


Even better than expected.


Fantastic book, loved every minute of it.

Perth AU


The Martian

4.0 11


"Andy Weir's masterpiece!" -- Tom Hanks * Twitter *
"Watney's gallows humour and his brushes with death as he uses every ounce of his intelligence and astronaut's training to claw his way out of the pit will have you laughing and gasping by turns. I read this book in a weekend. I didn't think I'd have the time to - but Andy Weir's edge-of-the-seat storytelling didn't leave me any choice." -- Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy Book Club
"Andy Weir's terrific 'lost in space' novel is an absolute page turner from first to last ... Tautly-written, full of extraordinary and fascinating detail about life in a frozen red desert so far from home, The Martian is one of the best thrillers either of us has read in years. Highly recommended." -- Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." -- Hugh Howey * New York Times bestselling author of Wool *
"Accomplished...believable but suspenseful as [Watney] battles against the odds for survival" * The Guardian *
"like Gravity meets Robinson Crusoe - utterly nail-biting and memorable." -- James Lovegrove * FT *
"A book I just couldn't put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy...reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island." -- Astronaut Chris Hadfield * Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth *
"The amount of research here is astounding. We're suckers for well-grounded fiction, and on the technical side, The Martian is exemplary ... witty ... funny" * SFX *
"The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13." -- Ernest Cline * New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One *
"Weir's debut is easily the best SF novel of the year so far" * Financial Times *
"An impressively geeky debut novel ... the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up" * Entertainment Weekly *
"Strong, resilient, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down." -- Steve Berry
"Think Apollo 13 ... on Mars! ... A saga of courage, ingenuity and humour - and utterly convincing thanks to superb research. The best space disaster story since Clarke's A Fall of Moondust." -- Stephen Baxter
"jaw-clenchingly gripping ... a modern-day Apollo13" * Stuff Magazine *
"Brilliant...a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years...Utterly compelling." * Wall Street Journal *
"Don't be put off thinking this is a sci-fi book - it's so much more than that. Utterly brilliant." * Bella *
"One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time, an incredible story about an astronaut marooned on Mars. This is no science fiction tale: the technology is beautifully researched and based on what is currently envisioned for a manned flight to Mars. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten. I could not put this book down." -- Douglas Preston * #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy *
"Gripping...shapes up like Defoe's Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter." -- Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer's Hammer
"The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen." -- Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country
"Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny and resourceful characters in recent fiction ... gripping" * Huffington Post *
"one of the best survival stories you'll ever read (think Robinson Crusoe on Mars only more extreme)." -- Martin Sorenson * Publishers Weekly *
"Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery." * Kirkus *
"Apollo 13-meets-Robinson-Crusoe-on-Mars, and I guess for those who enjoyed the films Gravity or Moon, this one will be a literary equivalent ... I was, in the end, totally won over by this book in its celebration of how humans can deal with anything the harshness of science and extreme environments can pose, and it kept me reading longer than I meant to" * SFFworld.com *
"one of the most thrilling and absorbing novels I have ever read" * Sfcrowsnest *
"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds." * Booklist *
"Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel... the perfect mix of action and space adventure." * Library Journal (starred) *
"An exciting, insightful science- based tale [that] kept me turning the pages to see what ingenious solution our hero would concoct to survive yet anotherimpossible dilemma" * Terry Brooks *

ISBN: 9780091956141
ISBN-10: 0091956145
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st October 2014
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1