Format: Hardcover; 384 pages
Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (February 11, 2014)
Notes: I borrowed this one from the library.
Mark Watney was on a Mars mission when the unthinkable happened--he was left for dead. Unbeknownst to his crew mates, however, he was alive. Now surviving on what rations were left behind, his own ingenuity, and sheer luck, he'll have to try to stretch what he has far longer than possible for the average person. Thankfully, with the skill set he possesses he's the most likely person to survive this near impossible situation. The soonest he can hope for rescue is in 549 mars days from when he was left stranded. This is his story.
The Martian is a story of survival, keeping a positive attitude, patience, and using what you've got to do the seemingly impossible--stay alive. You can tell Mr.Weir put a lot of thought into writing each of the compelling life threatening scenarios his protagonist faces. While the odds seem stacked against him, Mark keeps finding ingenious ways of dealing with the hurdles placed before him while keeping a positive, upbeat attitude. It made me wonder how NASA would truly deal with an astronaut being accidentally left alive on Mars? Would they feel that each life is precious and risk all for even a chance at saving him or would they feel that endangering the lives of his crew mates, no matter how slight, was too great a risk for the possibility of rescuing the one? I know I wouldn't want to be the person to make that call.
In each of the log entries the term SOL is used. I missed the definition my first read through the book and it is not an acronym that stands for sh*t out of luck which is what first came to my mind and would have been somewhat appropriate. (I know, shocking of me to admit.) "The term sol is used by planetary astronomers to refer to the duration of a solar day on Mars. A mean Martian solar day, or "sol", is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35.244 seconds." Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timekeeping_on_Mars