Sunday, June 7, 2015

Book Review: The Maritan

Summary from Goodreads: 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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?   

My Thoughts: I like it! Brett had actually read it first and recommended it to me. It was a great quick read and helped break up the pattern of historical fiction that I normally read.  The thing I liked most about it was that it was smart. Still a little impossible and fantastic, but smart and about a topic I don’t typically read about. The characters are all likable and play off each other well. I do want to caution about the language. I for one have a problem where I sometimes think it is funny, and the way it was used in the book is for humor. My only complaint would be that the writing style didn’t stay consistant, sometimes first person, sometimes in diary form, and sometimes from an omniscient third party perspective, but I do think it will make a good movie here soon! Overall I give it 3 out of 5 stars, which is pretty good considering this is the author’s first work!

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