Breathe To Read

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review #31 (2015 Challenge), The Martian

The next book I reviewed was: The Martian (read in September 2015)

This book is in the category:  A book based or turned into a TV show or movie.

This movie came out in October and it was GREAT GREAT GREAT

This book is about a group of 6 astronauts that are sent on a mission to Mars.  A dust storm throws one astronaut off, away from the others.  They hunt for him, but can't find him.  The dust storm is so bad that the mission is aborted, and they have to leave the astronaut - our main character, Mark Watney - behind.

What happens next is that the astronaut spends the next 18 months on Mars trying to survive, hoping to be rescued.  He is a mechanical engineer and a botanist, so he has the skills to survive - if he can grow food. And figure out how to get word to NASA that he is alive.

This book was amazing.  I thought I was going to hate it because Mat raved about it.  And most books Mat raves about and I read - well they are awful.  Or so above my brain level, I can't get through them.  But after he mentioned it 8 billion times, I caved and read it.  I am so glad I did.  The main character is hilarious.  (Matt Damon is playing him in the movie and he is a perfect fit).  It is a little techy and "sciencey", but not enough to make me want to stop reading.  Actually, I found it all pretty fascinating.  The book is written with this video logs that he is keeping each night, and I laughed out loud several times at what the main character was saying.  

I really encourage this book.  If you are a mostly romance novel reader - skip it.  Otherwise - read this and then go and see the movie.

Stars:  5

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