- Author Andy Weir
I picked this up on the back of a recommendation from a podcast, and it’s the first time in a long while I’ve been interested enough to buy straight away - rather than add to a wish list and peruse at a later date. I started reading and was instantly hooked.
The story follows the fight for survival of an astronaut abandoned on Mars when a mission goes wrong, the crew believe he’s dead, and they leave without him. Left to fend for himself with equipment that was only meant to last the length of the mission, our hero comes up with new and ingenious ways to try and extend his stay on the red planet.
I was absolutely riveted by the book, which I find odd because it’s mostly packed with endless logistics and an overload of science. Physics, chemistry, biology, all discussed in detail, and descriptions of plans and schemes that succeed or fail equally. Despite the fact it could be a dry read, the humour instilled throughout keeps it interesting, and every now and then you have to sit back and think - this is totally unbelievable and yet, so very, very believable.