The Martian by Andy Weir 9/10 Amy Park

A man wakes up in Mars, alone, stabbed, and the need to make jokes about being a space pirate. Mark Watney is a botanist who was sent out on Earth’s second mission to Mars. One day, a large and unexpected storm hits, and all of the crew must head toward MAV and leave the planet. On the way, Mark Watney is hit and struck backward. Assuming he’s dead, the crew, as a last resort, leave him stranded on mars. The Martian by Andy Weir is about Mark Watney learning and struggling to survive on Mars by himself, all the while treating the whole situation as a puzzle and making witty jokes along the way.

The most intriguing and magnetic part about this novel is the character that is Mark Watney. He is the most witty character I have ever read. Andy Weir sets this up from the very beginning; even when he is stuck on another and completely different planet, he refuses to be particularly sad or angry about it. Sure, at times, he gets frustrated with the situation he’s stuck in, but he will always pull himself through and gets whatever he needs to get done done. I guess his resilience to conflict is what makes him so magnetic; he has the hope that he will get through, and therefore, so does the audience.

Andy Weir is good at making his novel seem very conversational. That’s for a reason. Since most of the scenes take place in Mars with one man, he created a log system for Mark to basically journal in. Therefore, Mark is now talking directly to the audience, making things seem more impactful and personal. In scenes with other people on Earth, Andy Weir still keeps this personal mood consistent. He gets very up close and personal with the characters, exploring them one by one. Andy Weir’s ability to create everlasting characters is what makes his writing stand out.

In closing, anyone who really enjoys science and math and have previously not enjoyed reading very much would like this. The conversational tone of writing he uses makes the reading very fun and not like what a lot of people perceive as reading. Although it is very heavily science and math based, people of all reading tastes will enjoy this novel, if not for the fascinating setting, then for the fascinating characters.

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