The Martian (Paperback)

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This novel of a man stranded on Mars was well researched and unfolds in increasingly exciting detail.  Thus, while I read it, the dishes remained unwashed, the beds unmade, and the laundry unsorted.

— Ann

Weir’s debut novel combines a hilarious personality with genius know-how to create his main character, Mark Watney. Fast-paced and magnetic, this book made me both hold my breath and laugh out loud. Remember, duck tape is magic and should be worshipped

— Caitlin

The first Mars landing has been aborted and all but one person has made it off the planet. Mark Watney is alone on Mars. It’s dark, cold, airless, and chances are he will die long before anyone even thinks to look for him. But the human spirit is strong, even on Mars, and Mark won’t give up easily. This sci-fi novel is funny and smart and full of great science. ~ René

— From Staff Favorites 2014


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 while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and 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--and 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?

About the Author

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780553418026
ISBN-10: 0553418025
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Pages: 400
Language: English