In The Martian by Andy Weir, Mark Watney is stranded on Mars with minimal resources and his crew thinking that he is dead. Despite his situation, Mark still keeps his sense of humor. In the first lines of the book, Mark writes, “I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion. Fucked. Six days into what should be the greatest month of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare” The language Mark uses makes him seem realistic to readers. He has a very sarcastic sense of humor which also makes him seem real. Mark is funny and instantly likable. He doesn’t seem to care about offending the reader with his word choices. Also, Mark rambles on and on about the things that could go wrong when creating water and explains the scientific procedure that goes with it. Mark is a very well thought out character which makes the story enjoyable.
The chapters are written like diary entries, each titled Sol followed by the day number. A Sol is a day on Mars, which is about 39 minutes longer than a day on Earth. It also switches back and forth between focusing on Mark and focusing on NASA. I think that this is an interesting way to structure a novel because it makes the novel seem more realistic. No one who is stuck on Mars is going to write a novel about their day, but someone might keep a diary. I enjoy this story structure because it makes it easier to know what Sol events happen on.
There is also a sense of urgency to the book which keeps the reader interested to find out what will happen next. There is urgency for Mark’s survival, but Mark keeps the mood light by cracking jokes.
I really enjoy this book so far and I am very excited to find out what will happen to Mark Watney.