The Martian is a book written by author Andy Weir and published by Crown Publishing group. But before that he published his book on amazon for 99 cents per copy where it then sold 35,000 copies in 3 months on the site alone. Before that however he had the book available on his website on a chapter by chapter basis for free. In my opinion The Martian is a book that should be read by both science fiction enthusiasts and fans of just general fiction since it delivers a thrilling and suspenseful story about astronaut Mark Watney and his time trapped on mars.
The Martian is a story about astronaut Mark Watney who is both a botanist and mechanical engineer must survive the hostile environment of mars after his crew left him there. After Mark gets over the realization that he’s alone on mars and no one is coming to get him for a while he tries to find a way to survive on mars. He does this by attempting to grow plants in mars soil but at first has some minor difficulties with his plan. This includes mars not being hospitable planet which is why nothing grows there already, so he has to figure out a way to grow food with the planet's soil fortunately because he is a botanist this isn't too terribly difficult. While he is trying to figure out how to live on mars his crew is on their several month journey back to earth where everyone believes him to be dead. After mark realizes that he has to wait several years before the next manned mission to mars he sets out to find a way to communicate with nasa back on earth. Mark discovers an old mars drone and uses that to communicate with nasa and sets up a plan to extend his food supply until the next manned mission to mars. Eventually after months of planning mark meets up with his crew above mars’ atmosphere and then proceeds to go back to earth. As mentioned in my thesis mark’s journey is full of suspense and thrills mainly because space is not very kind and can be brutal as well as unpredictable. For example mark is left on mars because of a random storm on mars that forces the crew to evacuate. Similar books to the martian include “Ready Player one” which is about a dystopian future where people are trapped in a matrix and virtual reality simulation of life. While it doesn’t take place on mars it is about a character who is forced to use his brain more than his brawn in various situation like mark watney.
In conclusion the martian is a thrilling sci-fi adventure that will have readers on the edge of their seat rooting for Mark Watney as he tries to overcome the odds of surviving for several months alone on a planet not suitable to support life.