Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded alone on Mars. His situation is grim. His supplies- he’ll suffocate or starve long before the next manned mission. Communication- all systems down and no one knows he’s alive. Can Mark overcome the odds and live to see Earth again?
Mark is inventive, a smart-aleck, and not super human. He gives a knowledgeable and sarcastically humorous view of space equipment and trying to survive on Mars. He shows Mars as cold and dangerous place that is -perhaps- survivable. Bits from characters back on Earth show the foresight required for, and sacrifices of, space travel. As Mark struggles to survive suspense and appreciation for the good in humanity is felt. The Martian offers a first-hand view of Mars and space travel, a tale of survival, and suspense.
Want other books like The Martian?
When a mission to Mars goes wrong a crew’s only hope of survival is trek across Mars to an abandoned Mars vehicle in Mars Crossing by Geoffrey A. Landis.
A crew of astronauts wins the space race to Mars only to find the odds of getting back to Earth are heavily against them in The Martian Race by Gregory Benford.
Want to learn more about the challenges, history and future plans for exploring Mars? Check out books like Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet by Rod Pyle.
Interested in a true tale of survival in space? Read how the Apollo 13 crew overcame a dangerous malfunction to make it back to Earth in Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell. (The Apollo 13 story was made into the movie Apollo 13.)