"The Martian" by Andy Weir

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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Start Date: 2/2/16
End Date: 2/4/16
# of Pages: 387
Edition: Broadway Books paperback (2014)

Favorite Quote: “Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving at a different rate and you need to figure out when it’ll be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the ‘Mark Watney doesn’t die’ project I’m working on.“

Why I Chose It: Multiple people (including Anne Peterson & Jordan Hayes) recommended this book on my initial Instagram post. Plus, I saw the movie and really enjoyed it!

Other Notes: A thrilling, quick read. The backstory to the book itself is fascinating - take this excerpt from the Business Insider review of the book. “"The Martian” began as a series of self-published chapters on Weir’s personal blog. Then Weir decided to put the book on Amazon, selling it for the website’s lowest possible price ($0.99) … In a nutshell, “The Martian” is the story of astronaut Mark Watney who gets stranded on Mars when his crew is forced to leave without him. What sets this book apart from others though, and what arguably gave it it’s Cinderella success story, is that Weir threads the entire plot with real science. All the tech in the story is modeled after rockets, spacesuits, and other space travel tech that already exists, and the main character Watney has to rely on real science again and again to keep himself alive. It’s a science fiction story that could actually happen in real life.”

BooksKarl Magnuson