Hardcover, 369 pages

English language

Published Feb. 11, 2014 by Crown.

ISBN:
978-0-8041-3902-1
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OCLC Number:
932376129
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18007564

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4 stars (15 reviews)

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man's struggle to survive.

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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone. with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, Mark 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's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest …

53 editions

Very scientific and technical book

5 stars

I finished the book in two days. It’s great. You will especially enjoy it if you’re interested in detailed explanations of how stuff works on Mars (farming, orbital dynamics, making water, fixing and tinkering with all the tools and machinery, etc). There isn’t a lot of emotions involved in large sections of the book, so don’t expect it. This makes sudden jokes hit very hard though. There are emotional moments and the book will keep you at the edge of your seat.

reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir

Fun read.

4 stars

And probably at least semi realistic? Didn't like it as much as Project Hail Mary by the same author. This sorta read as a sequence of "oh crap, another thing went wrong" problems, followed by solutions. I'm certain this is realistic - or even still overly optimistic, given what they were surviving through - but kinda made for an overly long, repetitive narrative. I suspect this is part of why they cut some of these out of the movie (and to save time, but also it got repetitive). Nevertheless, a fun read if you enjoy sci-fi that sticks close to contemporary science.

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Leggendo questo libro (in versione originale, quindi non sono in grado di commentare la traduzione) ho scoperto che la sua prima edizione fu autoprodotta. Mi chiedo solo se il mercato anglosassone è diverso antropologicamente oppure ha semplicemente una massa molto maggiore dell'asfittico mercato italiano. Ad ogni modo, che dire di questo libro? Non ho le competenze scientifiche multidisciplinari per valutare se la storia regge, ma forse non è nemmeno così importante nonostante il libro sia di hard SF. Io lo leggo come un Robinson Crusoe del XXI secolo, o forse più correttamente come un McGyver dello spazio: l'idea che traspare è come l'ingegnosità umana permetta di trovare risposte a tanti problemi usando quello che si ha a disposizione. Diciamo che almeno per me questo alla lunga diventa esagerato, e non per nulla ho letto il libro ancor più a spizzichi e bocconi di quanto la mia già alta capacità di …

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Un astronauta viene per errore abbandonato su Marte e deve sopravvivere con le poche risorse a disposizione e le sue conoscenze di meccanica e botanica. Idea interessante, stile funzionale alla narrazione ma niente più, con frequenti guizzi umoristici più o meno riusciti atti ad evitare l'abbiocco del lettore dopo l'ennesimo calcolo ingegneristico spiegato nei minimi dettagli. Da ingengnere, l'ho trovato alla lunga un po' ripetitivo e con un finale un po' troppo affrettato.

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Subjects

  • Astronauts--Fiction.
  • Survival--Fiction.
  • Mars (Planet)--Fiction.