Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG with April’s book selection was The Martian by Andy Weir.
A brief synopsis…
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?
Now for questions asked by Shelly…
1. There’s a lot of science in how Mark fights to survive – did you find that fascinating or challenging?
I hate to say it, but I really didn’t pay a great deal of attention to it. Some of it I got, but most not even close! LOL!
2. Who knew potatoes, duct tape, and seventies reruns were the key to space survival? How does each of these items represent aspects of Mark’s character that help him survive?
Well duct tape is the fix all to fix all and I would be able to handle taters and 70’s reruns…though 80’s reruns would be better! LOL! He is a man’s man, at least in my opinion, and a survivor making the best out of what he has.
3. How is Mark’s sense of humor as much a survival skill as his knowledge of botany? Do you have a favorite funny line of his?
I think that without his sense of humor, he would have not been able to maintain his sanity.
Here are a couple of my favorite lines…
“I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.”
“My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.”
Now for questions asked by Lisa…
1. What did you think about the level of sarcasm in the book?
That was the absolute best part! I have a bit of “trucker” sense of humor and I don’t offend easily. I loved the sarcasm and dry witt throughout the book.
2. What did you think about the level of technical details, math, etc. in the book?
Same as with the science, didn’t pay much attention to it. LOL!
3. What did you think about the ending? It didn’t end with Hermes landing on Earth. How about Mark’s “speech” about humanity?
In some ways, I do wish that he had added an epilogue of sorts. Just a brief mission completed successfully, the whole crew made it back to earth safely, and a wonderful reunion.
His speech to me, signifies the most fascinatinig part of society…no matter our struggles the bonds of humanity are what keeps us together.
We should always strive to be kind and treat others with the same care that we would want shown to us.
Now for my thoughts…
I have to say that I was very nervous about this book, because with the exception of Doctor Who, Sci-Fi is generally not my thing. Honestly, I figured it would take me forever to get through it. I was a bit glad that I could not find a print book to borrow and had to get an audio version, thinking that might make it easier. I am thrilled to report that with each chapter that I finished, I could not wait to start the next one. With each catastrophe that occured and success was completed, I absolutely found myself rooting for Mark’s survival.
The Martian was a really awesome read, full of strong characters, laughs, and edge of your seat adventure. So many times during Mark’s stay on Mars, the thoughts and ideas that he shared through the log entries, had me cracking up at his thought process. The banter happening between Mark, NASA, the crew, and even the minor characters was off color and sarcastic at times, but focused on the goal to successfully rescue Mark.
I would have to say that I would definitely give this one 5 stars and I am happy that I got to read it…or well listen to it. If they make a movie, I will see it for sure, maybe on Netflix or something.
May’s book selection is Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Be sure to look for a review around May 30th or so!
Have you read “The Martian” by Andy Weir? Do you think that this would be one that you would be willing to give a chance?
I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!