The Martian by Andy Weir: Review

Welcome to my review of The Martian by Andy Weir. A book that was self published in 2011 then had the rights purchased by Crown Publishing who then re-released it in 2014. It is also the debut novel Andy published under his own name.

Some information about the book:

  • Release date: 2011, re-released February 2014
  • Published by: Crown Publishing (Penguin Random House)
  • Pages: 375-387 depending on format
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Series: No, standalone


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

“Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”

I used the audible version of this book and I’ve got to be completely honest, I have never been a big fan of audiobooks but Wil Wheaton does an amazing job of narrating Mark Whatney’s trip to Mars that when I tried the sample, I bought the book moments later. He literally brings Mark to life. The hope, the dissatisfaction when something bad happened, the sarcasm and even the joy were all conveyed so well. Then there are other characters whom Wil breathes life into and it is all done really well.

I am now someone who has picked up more audiobooks based off of my experience with The Martian!

“It’s true, you know. In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.”

The Martian is a story about Mark Whatney who finds himself trapped on Mars fighting for survival. It really is a science fiction story and I cannot imagine the research that Andy had to put into this to have it all sound believable because when you read this/listen to this, it really sounds like a science report. Everything is detailed so finely and everything makes sense thanks to Mark Whatney recording daily logs which is how Andy has gotten around someone being trapped alone on Mars, talking to themselves.

I don’t normally read sci-fi, even though I enjoy what I have read, and this was a great book that really showed what sci-fi can offer. It doesn’t all have to be spaceships, aliens and lasers to create thoughts and emotions within you for the character and their plight. I found myself genuinely interested to see if Mark Whatney was going to survive or die on Mars. I will leave that for you to find out.

The Martian - Poster (2015) by MrDeks on DeviantArt
The Martian is now an award winning movie

Now I think most people will know The Martian as a huge movie which is thought to be an unofficial prequel to Interstellar thanks to Matt Damon being in both movies and having a connection between the movies for his characters despite them having different names.

I have not seen The Martian but after finishing the audiobook I am definitely going to watch it. This is a fun story about the most horrible situation made real for one man and his daily story as he tries to beat the odds of survival on the red planet.

You can purchase The Martian from Amazon UK here, Amazon US here and add to your Goodreads here.

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