So, I finally read The Martian (The Book Depository). Please notice that I haven’t seen the movie. So, all the information here is about this brilliant book. It was capable of getting me hooked on a guy growing potatoes on Mars.
I’ve never been so hooked on a science fiction book before. The technical stuff didn’t seem unbearable, but necessary since I wanted to know what was going on Mars. I found the reading pace very fast, highly entertaining and smart. This came as a shock since I expected something else.
I expected this book to be boring. However, it has surprised me greatly: it’s amazing! I enjoyed every single page, including the parts about how to grow potatoes using poop and soil. I know. It sounds gross. But even the gross parts are entertaining.
I enjoyed the main character a lot. Mark Watney is very creative, has a great sense of humor, and is, for the most part, a funny guy. I think that if he hadn’t had that keen sense of humor, he wouldn’t have survived the whole adventure.
One of the things that I loved about the narrative is that we get to feel Watney’s diary (log entries). It feels like being back on Earth and waiting to know what’s up with the guy. He wasn’t an important man in the mission. However, he is right now. But not only because he gets stranded on Mars, but also because of his personality and high creativity.
Again, I didn’t expect to like this book so much. I’m more of a fantasy reader, not a science fiction one, but I give 12 points out of 10 to this book. It’s just brilliant! (And Watney is gold!)
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