The Martian by Andy Weir
A Novel

81%

160 Critic Reviews

Weir has created an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel, and Watney is the perfect character to follow as he struggles in an unknown and hostile environment.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

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 Andy Weir

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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.
 
Published February 11, 2014 by Broadway Books. 387 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Science & Math, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Martian
All: 160 | Positive: 140 | Negative: 20

Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 08 2013

Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 19 2016

Deftly avoiding the problem of the Robinson Crusoe tale that bogs down in repetitious behavior, Weir uses Watney’s proactive nature and determination to survive to keep the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 25 2013

...Weir uses Watney’s proactive nature and determination to survive to keep the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Anastasia Klimchynskaya on Aug 09 2015

...I’d perhaps have enjoyed a slightly grittier portrayal of the battle for the time, money, and resources needed to save one human from millions of miles away. Nonetheless, after this book, I am definitely going to be spending all of my time science-ing the shit out of everyday life.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Janine on Jan 14 2015

The Martian is not a masterpiece of characterization or word smithing, but it has some terrifically entertaining storytelling, a very heroic hero, and it makes science fun.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Feb 11 2014

Weir has created an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel, and Watney is the perfect character to follow as he struggles in an unknown and hostile environment.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Sean Chumley on Nov 06 2015

While Mark Watney's Mars narration is brilliant, witty and compelling, the third-person narration on Earth doesn't quite stand up. Seeing various NASA geniuses at work is certainly fascinating, but it lacks that same spunk we see in Watney's first-person narration. This is only a minor complaint, because the story is strong...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Oct 24 2014

After reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian” I was awed by the level of detail, character development, and sheer quality of the narrative. It is one of the best science fiction written and should be considered along the likes of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Feb 10 2014

...it’s hard not to be swept up in his vision and root for everyone one of these characters to survive the hardships Weir puts them through.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Nick Catucci on Feb 12 2014

It's an impressively geeky debut novel, and it could easily double as a survival guide. Our hero is Mark Watney. He's a botanist and mechanical engineer, and Weir tells his story largely through the astronaut's fantastically detailed work logs.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Feb 21 2014

The Martian is true in that sense to the genre, in its manufacture and resolution of suspense carried on to the final pages.

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BookPage

Above average
Reviewed by Emily Bartlett Hines on Jan 23 2014

The book builds to an edge-of-your-seat finale (Hollywood has already bought the film rights). But what makes it memorable is its insistence that a 90 million-square-mile barren wasteland is no match for a roll of duct tape and some ingenuity.

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Open Letters Monthly

Above average
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Feb 22 2014

Watney encounters no four-armed green-skinned thark warriors, no amorphous super-beings or tripod-building conquerors, but it doesn’t matter. Against all odds, on his first time at bat, Andy Weir has written a science fiction classic – a scrappy, rough-around-the-edges classic, but a classic all the same.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Kevin Nance on Feb 17 2014

The story succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility. Weir, a software engineer and self-described "space nerd," has kept The Martian within the realm of what could theoretically happen in an actual manned expedition to Mars.

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About.com

Above average
on Jun 20 2014

The at-times plodding narrative notwithstanding, Andy Weir's The Martian...is a fun story of survival, a science fiction tale in the purest sense in that it is a fiction rooted in science and, as such, will appeal to those interested in space travel and Mars without all the little green men.

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SFFWorld.com

Good
Reviewed by Mark Yon on Jan 11 2014

The Martian is defiantly a science fiction novel, but a fictional tale with enough science in it to make it feel like fact. This is one for the aficionado who loves science fiction, but complains there’s not enough science in science fiction. Recommended.

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Chicago Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Burkard on Feb 25 2015

More than funny, however, "The Martian" is smart. Mark Watney is not only an astronaut, but also has a degree in mechanical engineering from University of Chicago, the ability to sustain himself on Mars, and author Andy Weir has actually made all of this accessible to readers!

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SF Signal

Good
Reviewed by John DeNardo on Mar 06 2014

What’s terrific about The Martian is that it is smart, at times nail-biting, realistic and ultimately an uplifting story about what mankind can accomplish, even when things don’t go as smoothly as planned.

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The Big Story

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Feb 11 2014

Weir has created an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel, and Watney is the perfect character to follow as he struggles in an unknown and hostile environment.

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Monsters and Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandy Amazeen on Feb 05 2014

Weir’s debut novel is an engrossing, largely science-based sci-fi survival tale that despite some overly long explanations of how/why things work, captures the attention and doesn’t let go...With a debut this good, one can only wonder what Weir has in store for his next title.

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Bookin With Sunny.

Good
Reviewed by Ann Ronald on Mar 19 2014

I still can’t repair anything whatsoever, but I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying the Martian as he invented ways to fix everything that broke and as he struggled to survive.

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Geeks of Doom

Good
Reviewed by DwayneD on Oct 07 2015

...that’s what makes The Martian such a success. It reminds readers of the enduring spirit of humanity. And it does it in a way that could easily inspire future generations...

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Night Owl Sci-Fi

Excellent
on Mar 01 2014

This was a fabulous Sci-Fi Suspense novel that literally had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t even imagine being stranded on Mars by your fellow crew members because they think you’re dead...This is one book that I highly recommend!

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SFX

Good
Reviewed by Guy Haley on Feb 14 2014

The amount of research here is astounding. We’re suckers for well-grounded fiction, and on the technical side The Martian is exemplary...Watney, an engineer/botanist, details his various survival schemes in his log. These witty first-person segments are the better part of the novel.

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My Entertainment World

Below average
Reviewed by Tim Collins on Aug 31 2014

So while I would recommend The Martian as a good and fast beach read, it’s nothing to write home about. Maybe just wait a few years and give the movie a gander.

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Big Shiny Robot

Good
Reviewed by JediKermit on Nov 10 2014

I read it last month, and loved pretty much every page. It’s a rarity in that it’s a science fiction book, but every part of it is believable.

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Carlin Romano

Good
Reviewed by Judith Sebesta on Nov 15 2015

...The Martian should inspire leaders of any college or university grappling with how to stay "alive" and relevant and able to meet the needs of 21st-century students.

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Fiction Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Cowie on Jun 23 2016

The Martian is a ripping, high-octane (er... hydrazine) adventure; a Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) for the early 21st century that hits the ground running and bowls along relentlessly...

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The Space Review

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff Foust on Feb 17 2014

That attention to technical accuracy would be largely meaningless unless the book was a good story, and, fortunately, it is. The Martian is a story that’s hard to put down as you wonder how Watney will use his experience and what limited resources he has to find a way to survive as he encounters new challenges and setbacks...

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Albedo One

Above average
Reviewed by Sharon Kae Reamer on Feb 22 2015

A quick and engrossing read. Will make a good movie because it seems to be written to be turned into one. I mean that in a good way.

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Sun Sentinel

Good
on Feb 13 2015

This is a great story of how humanity can band together and go to extreme lengths to save one life and that in itself is a good reason to read “The Martian.”

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Jackson Sun

Above average
Reviewed by JEFF AYERS, on Feb 12 2014

Weir has created an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel, and Watney is the perfect character to follow as he struggles in an unknown and hostile environment.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Feb 21 2014

The Martian is true in that sense to the genre, in its manufacture and resolution of suspense carried on to the final pages.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by AlaNova on Jun 24 2016

It’s an epic adventure for a new age of space eagerness and space tech, and a remarkable survival story with unforgettable characters all around. Here’s to the future, folks.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by NicholasMarrujo on Dec 08 2015

Mark is always describing different situation and he is very comedic while doing it. This makes the story funny and interesting to read. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in all the science of Mars that comes with this book along with an enticing story that will leave you gasping until the end.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jun 23 2015

...then we have the NASA scientists. They are as bland as can be. They are either whiny or generic bureaucrats...Despite its flaws, I believe that this is one of the best books of our generation...

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
on Jun 20 2016

I love The Martian. I don't want to say much else because I think it is a book you really read for yourself so you can come up with your own conclusions. Whether you read sci-fi or not, this is a book that I can highly recommend.

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The Bookpushers

Good
Reviewed by Lou on Jul 31 2014

Joking aside, The Martian is a cracker of a book and I’ll definitely be reading future books by Andy Weir. I give The Martian an A.

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That's What She Read

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle on Feb 10 2015

It really does have a little bit of everything for a wide variety of readers, but most importantly, it is just a fantastic story with amazing writing and some of the best lines one will find in a modern novel. Just do yourself a favor and go out and read it; you will not be sorry you did.

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That's What She Read

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 01 2014

The Martian is an intelligent and witty science-based story that reminds its audience of human abilities and perseverance. The feel-good moments hide to an extent the various serious situations in which Mark finds himself...Regardless of what happens, watching Mark in action is worth any amount of emotional pain or suspense a reader must endure.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Kimberly on May 20 2015

Weir is a masterful writer from his descriptions of MARS, the equipment involved and character depth I was in awe. Watney is a biologist, but the man is a freakin’ MacGyver in his ability to be quick thinking and work with the limited equipment and food available to him.

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna. on Feb 12 2014

Though it’s technically science fiction, it reads like a memoir...Weir is a tremendous writer and he’s achieved something magical with The Martian. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any reader, whether you’re a fan of science fiction or not; it’s just that good.

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Brothers Judd

Good
on Jul 04 2015

The book is a tad overlong and some of the episodes, with their scientific detail, can get tedious if you aren't quite as nerdy as the author. But Watney is such an engaging protagonist and the general pace of the narrative is so propulsive that it makes for an enjoyable escapist entertainment.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
on May 25 2014

If you can read this book at a leisurely pace, or not sneak a look at the ending to alleviate some of the tension, you are a better person than I! This is a great read!

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Before It's News

Above average
on Feb 20 2014

As it is, with a good-natured, funny, and likable if somewhat shallow protagonist facing an overly-long but mostly interesting and scientifically rigorous series of unfortunate events, The Martian was still quite enjoyable.

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Men Reading Books

Excellent
Reviewed by West Coast Don on Sep 06 2015

This was a fast read – got through it in the course of a day and a half. Surprisingly, this was recommended by my daughter, and it’s not a typical of the books she usually reads. This one gets my strong recommendation.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenn on Feb 10 2014

You don’t have to be a fan of science fiction to appreciate this novel. It’s a truly intense analysis of human character and survival, dozens of unknowns on such an unknown planet...Highly, highly recommended.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Stacey Askew on Jan 30 2014

The story couldn’t be more gripping, but what makes it a winner is the humor and common sense that Mark exhibits in adapting to his surroundings, stark as they are. A very fast-paced book that had this non-technical sci-fi reader up late.

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Once Upon a Twilight

Good
Reviewed by Yara on Sep 25 2015

The wonderful thing is that it is NASA and brilliant minds work for NASA, so Watney might just have a chance to survive, he is pretty amazing himself. It's not an easy task Watney has going for himself, but he isn't your typical astronaut. I recommend The Martian, just make sure your strapped in for the ride!!!

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Reading Lark

Excellent
on Aug 10 2015

Read this book for the science, read this book for the adrenaline, read this book for the wonder that is the human spirit. Just be sure you read (or listen to) this book.

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Reading Reality

Good
on Dec 03 2015

The Martian breaks no new ground in the genre of near-future hard science fiction: there are no high concepts, no trippy rambles through strange histories, no examinations of alien societies, and no black monoliths. Instead, Weir offers a competent tale of tackling a problem in the face of long odds and indifferent nature...

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Raging Biblioholism

Above average
Reviewed by Drew on Dec 07 2014

Well, the adventure of the novel cannot be beat, plain and simple. I tore through the book, especially the last handful of pages, so fast that I thought it would fly out of my hands...But also, it’s not without its problems. Watney never feels like anything but an invented character...

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Fantasy Faction

Good
on Jul 11 2014

I would highly recommend The Martian to anyone looking for a delightful humorous read with just enough drama. I really enjoyed it.

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Lit Stack

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Browning on Sep 10 2015

This is truly science fiction at its best. Don’t let the fear of science keep you from reading The Martian. It’s a funny, gripping, totally absorbing tale that will keep you at the edge of your seat and marveling at human ingenuity, as well as chuckling at its humanity.

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Literate Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Apr 07 2014

I will never be an astronaut, but I’m thankful that my imagination (and good visual memories of Gravity) didn’t realize that I do not do Science Fiction. It grabbed on to Andy Weir’s world and buckled in for the joy ride.

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Reading for Sanity

Good
Reviewed by Marsh Mayhem on Feb 11 2015

Considering how reluctant I was to pick it up (I had just finished Big Little Lies and was worried about the dreaded Good Book Hangover), I was so happy it exceeded any and all expectations I had!

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Lit Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on Jan 01 2015

This is a terrific book: funny, informative, and deeply moving. It offers up rich pleasures even if you're not a science geek. And if you are a geek...well have at it!

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http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com

Excellent
on Jan 22 2016

Friends, the writing in The Martian by Andy Weir is very action oriented. Honestly, if you like Robinson Crusoe type of survival stories where you see someone just roughing it and how they get through their environment, you will love this book.

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Literary Exploration

Good
Reviewed by MICHAEL KITTO on Dec 09 2013

The tension that builds in this book is key to why this novel works so well; this is edge of your seat thriller writing at its best...What I loved the most about this novel was the humour, while this was a tense book, the little one liners thrown in really worked for me.

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The Reading Date

Excellent
on Sep 08 2015

Just when I was feeling really claustrophobic with Watney on Mars I was glad to see the story open up to include the team back home at NASA as well as his crewmates. The supporting characters add more context and interest to the story.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
on Jan 25 2016

I can see this being an excellent movie, and I look forward to seeing it soon! This is great for adults and teens who enjoy science fiction, adventure and survival stories - especially peppered with humor.

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Bibliophile By the Sea

Excellent
Reviewed by (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea on Mar 14 2015

Read it, you'll be glad you did; creative and entertaining, and you'll be even able to see this story on the big screen in the near future.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

Above average
Reviewed by Athira on Jan 22 2015

I loved The Martian. Mostly. If you love science, there is a lot to enjoy here. Even if you do love science, some of those facts could still be flying over your head, because there is A LOT of that. I admit to reading past them occasionally...

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Book Chick City

Below average
Reviewed by Carolyn on Sep 16 2015

I did manage to finish The Martian but I can’t say I loved it, or even enjoyed it that much. I just didn’t see the point of this book at all. There was no emotion, no character growth, no real story...

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Under My Apple Tree

Good
Reviewed by Leslie on Feb 25 2014

The writing is smart, funny and filled with witty dialog and humor. It’s obvious the author did a lot of research, and got it right. I have a background in science so I was thrilled with the detail, however not understanding the science does not prevent the reader from enjoying the book.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin Centorcelli on Jan 23 2014

Most of the story is told in journal entries by Mark, and it’s through these that I got hooked. Hopelessly, completely hooked. In fact, I suggest that you set aside an afternoon for this one, because you won’t want to put it down.

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
Reviewed by Trisha on Sep 22 2014

The combination made for a gripping read since the stakes were so high, the odds were against Mark, and I was absolutely, completely invested in his survival.

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Annette's Book Spot

Excellent
Reviewed by Annette on Apr 07 2015

As I said, I'm highly recommending The Martian to teens and adults alike. For anyone who enjoys a survival story, this is a must read.

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Write Meg

Above average
Reviewed by Meg on Sep 04 2015

Though I wasn’t emotionally invested in the outcome, I definitely appreciate Weir’s writing. He builds suspense — will he make it, or won’t he? — and deftly brings hostile, lonely Mars to life.

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Errant Dreams Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Heather on Sep 03 2015

This isn’t a thrill-a-minute suspense with explosions (okay, without many explosions), but it’s an edge-of-your-seat window into a very scary situation, approached with humor and pathos and an amazing level of detail. It certainly makes me want to watch the movie!

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BookNAround

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristen on Feb 18 2015

This is like no book I've read before and I stayed up to all hours to finish is, completely incapable of putting it down, even for sleep. Even if you don't read science fiction, take a chance on this one. You won't be disappointed.

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Book Hooked Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie G on Apr 14 2014

Please quit everything you're doing and go read this book. It's amazing and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Ticket to Anywhere

Good
Reviewed by Irish on Aug 24 2014

Its a book where I think that the audio is truly the way to go in order to get all the nuances, all the tension and humor and the beautiful way that Weir tells a story. Weir’s debut isn’t perfect but I love how he crafted his story. This is an author that I am looking forward to reading more stories from.

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by prophecygirl on Mar 20 2014

Wow wow WOW! This book. This book basically took over my life for three days and I couldn't bear the time when I wasn't reading it. Mark Watney got inside my head and under my skin like no other sci-fi hero has...

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http://blogs.slj.com

Good
Reviewed by Angela Carstensen on Mar 05 2014

He has a great sense of humor (his entries are punctuated by smart remarks), and a can-do attitude. This is a unique survival novel. Weir makes the real science in science fiction intriguing and suspenseful. Physics and robotics geeks will rejoice.

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Sarah Says Read

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah on Jun 20 2016

...it was great. Mark is that guy who will make people laugh in any shitty situation, except you know, he’s by himself. You would think that a book has basically ONE character might get a little boring, but his sense of humor kept it really engaging. I didn’t want to put it down.

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Good Book Fairy

Good
Reviewed by Good Book Fairy on Mar 01 2015

The Martian is a one of a kind page-turner. It’s an amazing story of survival, brilliance, quick wittedness and laugh out loud humor. I’ve never read a book in which I could so easily breeze through the science, chemistry and biology and still highly enjoy it.

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My Shelf Confessions

Good
Reviewed by Kat on Oct 30 2014

...I really like and admired Mark as a character, got sucked in to the technical parts rather than skimming over them (or worse, giving up completely) and I was desperately to find out what would happen. Even if you aren’t a fan of science fiction, I can definitely recommend The Martian – it took me by surprise just how much I enjoyed it.

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Just a Lil' Lost...

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHELE on Sep 30 2015

I’ve recommended this book to many friends, especially those who love some adventure. Some have been put off by the title but, like I said, it’s not science fiction. It’s an action-packed read with a climactic ending.

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Chrisbookarama

Good
on Apr 08 2014

The Martian ends up being an adventure story with an unlikely yet likeable hero. Even though Mark is fictional, there are people like him in the world willing to sacrifice themselves to expand our knowledge of the universe. That’s pretty amazing.

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A Musing Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy on Jan 30 2014

I can't believe how this book engaged me. I really didn't expect it and pretty much skimmed the scientific, botanist stuff about growing potatoes. And yet. I don't know how or when it happened but I got hooked and addicted. Mark is a modern day McGyver.

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From Left to Write

Above average
Reviewed by Thien-Kim on Jan 23 2014

Most science fiction novels I read are usually pretty serious. I guess the end of the world or a galactic battle doesn’t lend itself to comedy. Not so with The Martian by Andy Weir. I found myself laughing out loud at astronaut Mark Watney’s log during his unexpected stay on Mars.

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Christy's Love of Books

Good
Reviewed by Christy on Jun 03 2015

Seriously, The Martian is completely engaging and so much more than just a guy stuck on Mars. I’m so glad I read this, and can’t wait to see what Andy Weir writes next!

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Addicted 2 Heroines

Good
Reviewed by Anne on Aug 24 2015

It's a smarty-pants book even us dummies can read & love! Plus, he uses duct tape. Proving, once again, there's nothing you can't do as long as you have that stuff.

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http://rabidreads.ca

Good
Reviewed by Carmel on Jun 11 2015

You’d think that a novel that’s restricted to a habitat, a rover, and a deserted planet as locales, and one character all by his lonesome would get tedious in the long run, but if you’re Weir that’s all you need.

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Tynga's Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Marie on Dec 11 2014

The author never lets Mark off the hook; it felt like he just kept getting dealt a hard hand right to the end. Laughing while biting your nails… it’s an interesting sensation.

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Heritage on Apr 17 2014

Overall, then, The Martian takes a decent shot at being that rarest of beasts: ‘hard’ sci-fi that also appeals to the general reader. Despite its faults, I came away completely seduced by its puppy-like charm. I look forward to the inevitable film.

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Falcata Times

Below average
Reviewed by Falcata Times on Mar 19 2014

All round it’s an OK book and for me it’s one that I did have some trouble finishing as the science got a little bit too much for me. That said it is impressive and whilst it’s a debut I think we’ll be hearing from Andy again.

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It's All About Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Suey on Oct 05 2015

Loved it, despite the heavy science talk. The voice and style made this story and all the science talk, while interesting, doesn't distract from the story itself.

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Cuddle Buggery Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Steph Sinclair on Oct 22 2015

It got to the point where I starting coming up with my own mathematical equations. For instance, why doesn’t my rage times my boredom equal Mark’s death? If only I could kill off characters with my mind. If only.

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The Eclectic Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Teddyree on Oct 20 2015

Mark's log entries, the narration from NASA, it felt believable and authentic, the characters likable. Mark's the King of Mars but I also loved Venkat, Mindy, Mitch and the Hermes crew.

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The Nature of Things

Excellent
Reviewed by Dorothy Borders on Jun 26 2015

The point is, though, that you don't really have to be a big sci-fi fan to enjoy this book. It's just a very well-written and exciting tale. But if you lived through the Apollo missions as I did, or even if you just enjoyed Apollo 13, the movie, you'll find a lot that seems familiar here.

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Estella's Revenge

Good
on Mar 25 2014

He's the same guy in the beginning as he is at the end...this novel is much more about plot than character development. That said, I had to KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! Thus, the staying up past my bedtime. If you're looking for a book that will suck you in straight away and keep you engaged, this is the one!

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The Speculative Scotsman

Below average
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Feb 14 2014

By all accounts, it went down very well...The result is a novel with problematic priorities that begs for the suggestions of a determined editor. That it is a gripping and largely satisfying text nevertheless speaks to how marvellous The Martian might have been.

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So Many Books

Good
Reviewed by Stefanie on Aug 06 2015

The book touched all kinds of buttons in my geeky heart; space travel, real science that not once relies on some made up magical science to save the day, funny, suspenseful, surprising and unabashedly entertaining.

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Having Said That

Above average
Reviewed by LAUREN HEIMBAUGH on Aug 31 2015

In the end The Martian still passes as an entertaining and fast read, but I was craving so much more from the character element between the exciting plot points that I can’t help but be a little disappointed.

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The Lostent Wife

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Dec 19 2014

I very much recommend this book for science lovers, adventure lovers, and people who just enjoy a good laugh at some pretty crude jokes. My dad and I both loved it and I enjoyed chatting with him about it once I’d finished.

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If You Write It

Above average
on Jun 22 2016

The Martian is not a very serious book, but it’s not exactly full tilt comedy either. I liked it, but it might have been a bit better if it had chosen one or the other.

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Chicago Center For Literature And Photography

Good
Reviewed by Jason Pettus on Oct 14 2014

Unless you're a scientist yourself, and get off on 4,000-word descriptions of aeronautical mathematical formulas interspersed with clunky, sometimes slightly homophobic "dad jokes," just do yourself a favor and wait for the movie, where this book's admittedly addictive ticking-clock plot will undoubtedly be put to better use.

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Chicago Center For Literature And Photography

Good
Reviewed by Travis Fortney on Apr 03 2014

All in all, The Martian reads like what it professes to be, a space odyssey written by a self-proclaimed geek who takes obvious joy in puzzling out the improbable situation he's inserted his protagonist into. This one is highly recommended, especially for fans of sci-fi and speculative fiction.

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The Reader Bee

Good
Reviewed by Christy on Nov 09 2015

Overall; I totally did not expect to like The Martian as much as I did. The reviews don't lie, it really is a good read. I'm so glad I worked it into my reading schedule, and I've added Andy Weir to my list of authors to keep my eye out for!

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Below average
on Jul 01 2015

So as you might guess I didn’t like The Martian very much, I thought it was utter bobbins if I am honest. I had such high hopes for it, especially after hearing all the right people loving it.

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Heaful of Books

Good
Reviewed by Anne Bennett on Apr 16 2015

Parts of the book read like a really good adventure story with tense scenes where survival is questionable. Other parts, which really make the ultra-science facts bearable, are extremely funny. It is a well-balanced book: science-adventure-humor-ingenuity. What's not to like?

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Lowcountry Book Lover

Excellent
on Sep 15 2014

Listen, this could have been a stressful and sad read. But it isn’t. Mark is a resilient guy who has a sarcastic voice that works so well...I simply adored this book and recommend it to everyone.

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Charlotte's Library

Good
on Apr 19 2014

Anyway, I pretty much read it in a single sitting, and recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who enjoys harrowing survival stories that are chock full of science--instructive as well as entertaining.

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For Winter Nights

Good
Reviewed by Kate Atherton on Feb 10 2014

The Martian is an absolutely fantastic read and without doubt one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. This is partly because of Mark Watney himself. What an incredible character!

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Good
Reviewed by SuziQoregon on Oct 15 2015

I think I enjoyed the book even more the second time around...It’s just a thrill ride and a whole lot of fun.

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The Reading Frenzy

Excellent
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on Jul 21 2015

Mark’s character is funny, vulnerable and so unbelievably courageous, he is a delight in every way and his co-stars both in space and on terra firma are remarkable and genuine.

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LibrisNotes

Above average
on Jan 31 2015

Overall The Martian is an enjoyable novel for science fiction fans; a great storyline, wonderful characters and chock full of science. These elements all combine to make this a satisfying read.

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Good
Reviewed by SuziQoregon on Jan 27 2015

It’s a great suspense thriller that kept me enthralled all the way through. I highly recommend this one.

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My Book Retreat

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Jan 16 2015

I found The Martian to be an amazing story, full of suspense and emotion, and it even taught me a thing or two about chemistry and engineering! As mentioned, the technical details may turn some readers off, but you can get a lot out of the story even if you skim some of Watney's chemistry lessons...

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Buzzy Mag

Good
Reviewed by Gabino Iglesias on Oct 22 2014

The Martian repeatedly places the reader in that edge-of-your-seat moment that all action narratives strive to achieve. There is danger, explosions, experimentation, a few tips of the hat to popular culture, and plenty of emotional ups and downs.

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Nashville Book Worm

Above average
on Mar 04 2014

...I found myself growing less interested in these sections and more curious about events on the Red Planet. That isn’t to say that this isn’t a good book. It’s a very enjoyable, entertaining first novel from Weir and one that makes me curious to see what he’ll offer us next.

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Reading Glutton

Above average
Reviewed by Paul Mastin on Feb 19 2014

The Martian is a reminder that sci-fi is sometimes a story that is right around the corner. This fiction could be fact. This story could become real life, with our children playing the leading role.

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Collateral Bloggage

Good
on Jun 20 2016

I really don’t want to go into much more about the plot, so let me just sum up and give this one a big recommendation. Seriously, it’s tremendous fun and the kind of book that’d be perfect for a plane trip or anytime you’ve got a few hours you’d like to pleasantly pass.

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Reading Diva

Good
Reviewed by READINGDIVA on Mar 01 2015

I can’t recommend this book enough, from the simplistic way in which it was written to the funny and human ways in which these characters react to adversity.

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Good
Reviewed by curlygeek04 on Feb 05 2015

So, highly recommended even if you’re not a “hard” science fiction reader. There’s already a movie version in the works, and it should be a good one. But read the book first.

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Good
on Jan 28 2015

Andy Weir has created a true gem of a space adventure. He borrows from human imagination and dares to explore a fantasy where the risk and the reward are unprecedented in this modern day "Lost in Space".

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Nyx Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by CelineNyx on Jan 22 2016

At times The Martian felt very much like a debut – the writing isn’t always as smooth as it should be, and there was a lack of psychological depth. Ultimately though, it is a fun and light-hearted science-fiction novel that appeals to a wide public.

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Fourth Street Review

Good
on Oct 28 2015

You don’t need to know that I’d give it 4.5 out of 5, even though I would. What I loved about this book is how very different Mark Watney is than me.

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Good
Reviewed by Carmen on Dec 11 2014

More than a science- fiction book, The Martian is popular science at its very best. It is brilliant yet unpretentious. Who knew someone would have the key to surviving the unimaginable on Mars?

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Bookworm Blues

Good
on Dec 10 2014

And it took me about half a chapter to fall in love. The Martian is exactly what it’s billed to be – a guy stranded alone on Mars. Nothing terribly new and unique there. However, this book works so well because it is exactly like what you expect, but Weir packs in so many unique, interesting, and mind boggling...facts...

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Excellent
Reviewed by Antony on Aug 01 2014

What we have here is an entirely original, clever and memorable thriller. It's a fun, fascinating, rewarding read not to be missed.

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Book Spot Central

Good
Reviewed by Clare Deming on Apr 22 2014

The Martian was a gripping tale, and I had a hard time putting it down. The stakes were always at their highest, with Mark never more than a slight error away from instant death. The portrayal of NASA operations and the astronauts was as accurate as anything that I’ve read.

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Tyson Adams

Excellent
on Aug 20 2015

To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement, as I usually hate novels that try to be hard sci-fi.

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The Housework Can Wait

Excellent
Reviewed by TheHouseworkCanWait on Jul 15 2015

THE MARTIAN is everything I want in science fiction. High stakes, excellent pacing, unexpected humor, an amazing premise, smart yet accessible science, and fully realized characters that I miss once the last page is turned.

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Good
Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Mar 16 2015

Weir does a great job of building the tension as he teases to the reader the various ways Mark could perhaps be rescued before smashing them to pieces and starting over again. This is a clever and enjoyable story and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie and how they adapt it to the big screen.

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Overflowing Heart Reviews

Good
on Jun 15 2014

I hear this is being made into a movie and I have to say, I can’t wait to see it. I’ve already recommended this book to several of my friends because I enjoyed it so much.

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The Indextrious Reader Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Melwyk on Mar 01 2014

There were a few flaws in the reading, but overall a fun, plot-based novel, if you are fine with characters who don't develop too much, and are able to suspend your disbelief long enough to get into the narrative. If you don’t mind sarcasm and strong language, and enjoy the triumph of creative survival over harsh odds, you’ll love this...

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Good
Reviewed by Raul on Feb 14 2014

I would recommend this book to anyone curious about what exactly is involved in traveling to another planet and surviving on it against all the odds. Weir’s fictional approach is practical yet utilizes elements of drama that are very real to those involved in spaceflight. T

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Violin in a Void

Above average
on Feb 11 2014

This sounds like it could be extremely boring – one lone man going about the very practical business of surviving on Mars without even the drama of aliens or something? Sounds too much like a documentary. But it works. Not just works, actually - it’s also interesting, tense, exciting, funny, and emotional.

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Good
on Aug 06 2015

Read it. Especially if you like survival books, books about space exploration, or the movie Apollo 13. But in general, if you like your books smart, funny, exciting, and awesome, give this one a try, even if the description doesn’t seem like something you’d normally be into.

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Pingwings Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Pingwing on May 25 2015

The Martian was an exciting, moving story that I’ve been recommending to everyone since I finished reading it. This is definitely a must-read...

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Good
Reviewed by Andrew on Mar 13 2015

How he gets to that place is an intensely adventurous and gripping blend of hard science and science fiction. And it forces me to understand that I wouldn’t last ten minutes in Mark’s situation. I’ll take the desert island scenario any day.

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SarahReck.com

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Reck on Apr 30 2014

I don’t want to give away much of the story because the best part is reading it and going OMG what happens next no don’t tell me ahhhh I wasn’t expecting that oh of course but then what oh my gosh, wait, seriously? the entire book. For the record, I’m also not a big fan of tense anxiety-ridden books.

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Weirdmage's Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Weirdmage on Mar 11 2014

There's plenty of good ideas here, and at times Weir shows he can pull off a fast-paced narrative, but I feel it fails in becoming a coherent whole. There's glimpses of something much better here, but they get lost in a desire to be both action-filled entertainment and dry Hard SF.

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In Search of the End of the Sidewalk

Good
on Feb 23 2014

Andy Weir does not disappoint! I was drawn in from the very start, sliding through pages quickly...When I get through a book, cover to cover, in just two days (work days at that!), it must be a good read!

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Senceless Pie

Excellent
on Jun 20 2016

Oh man. Honestly. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a novel as much as I enjoyed this novel. It’s THAT GOOD, people.

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Excellent
on Oct 16 2015

From the affable characters, to the stunning ingenuity, the deadly location, and fascinating space scenes, The Martian excels on all accounts. But the real winner is the mind-blowing research Andy Weir undertook and used to make his story the best it can be.

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ScienceThrillers.com

Good
Reviewed by Amy Rogers on Sep 30 2015

It’s a tribute to smart. While there definitely is tension, the calmness of the hero and somewhat odd pacing make it a remarkably relaxing read for a thriller...Rather the reader experiences a series of smaller crises and resolutions along the way.

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The Well-Read Man

Above average
on Sep 15 2015

Don’t get me wrong; I really enjoyed The Martian. I’m just the type of technically adept literary lightweight that is the book’s target demographic. But it is pure entertainment, to the point where I seriously fear what would happen to the human race if we ever migrated to Mars.

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No More Grumpy Bookseller Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Becky LeJeune on Dec 22 2014

Serious, I recommended this book to a teen looking for a good read. He read it, loved it, and passed it onto his classmates. After I finished it, I passed it onto my husband who also loved it and we've both been talking it up ever since.

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Novel Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Charlee Hoffman on Jul 29 2015

So if you want a book that's going to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one for you. Especially if you want to go into the movie this November knowing what happens! This is definitely a great one to read the book first.

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Good
Reviewed by LYN KAYE on Feb 02 2015

The Martian has earned the praise that is being heaped on the novel. Funny, witty, oddly intellectual and downright fun, The Martian isn’t a novel to ignore or pass over.

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Lis Carey's Library

Good
Reviewed by Lis Carey on Jan 10 2015

The story-telling style is the clean, crisp prose of the best 20th century hard sf, with a viewpoint set firmly in the 21st century. The view of humanity is positive without being pollyanna-ish. Not for anyone who thinks either dystopia or pointlessness is the height of literary art, but for everyone else, this is a fantastic read.

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The Written World

Excellent
Reviewed by Kailana on Feb 28 2014

Holy page-turner! I actually got this book on audio because I HAD to know what happened and turned the pages REALLY fast as the book got going. I am not even entirely sure if I retained everything. I kind of want to hug the book and I really really hope Andy Weir can keep the momentum going and follow up with an awesome book.

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Battles and Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Patrick Shrier on Jul 31 2015

This is one of those books that is not only a great story but that teaches you something in the process. This is Weir’s first book and if he continues to produce books of this caliber we probably have of one of sci-fi’s next greats here.

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ANABELLE BF

Excellent
Reviewed by Anabelle on Jun 22 2016

I’ll give you the same warning I’ve read everywhere: make sure you have plenty of time aside to read this book. This is not the kind of book you’ll be happy to just read bits of on the bus. You will want to read it until you finish it or fall asleep. I read it in 2 sittings. The pace is extraordinary and you just. can’t. stop.

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Below average
Reviewed by Tessa on Mar 31 2015

...the scenario is believable, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. The marketing angle in this alone is crazy-making...This technical dissertation disguised as science fiction is actually filled with Pollyanna’s special magic for a lovely happily ever after. Just skip it.

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Good
Reviewed by Redhead on Dec 11 2014

Like I said at the beginning of this review, The Martian is a freakin’ brilliant book. The further I got into it, the more I enjoyed it. Mark Watney is obviously the main character, but we meet others as well, who are as developed as time allows.

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Dee's Book Blog

Good
on Mar 01 2014

...the technically stuff was for the most part, addressed in a way that even a lay person could attempt to understand – which the author used technie words/theories, he also tried to dumb them down for normal people. I think if the story had just been limited to Mark’s POV, it would have been a lot weaker overall...

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Notes From the Bedside Table

Good
Reviewed by Rene' Kirkpatrick on Jan 30 2014

This is one of the best survival stories I've read recently...It's packed with science and physics, it's funny (truly spit take funny) and poignant, and once you get started, you are going to want to keep reading until you're done. It is a wild ride and, yes, it is rocket science.

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The Tattered Thread

Above average
Reviewed by Rob Slaven on Jan 27 2014

On the positive side the level of detail here is amazingly intricate and the author tells you every single detail of every cliff-hanging situation and its eventual resolution. Also, the main character is one of those rare individuals who responds to stress with humor...

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Unified Republic of Stars

Good
on Jun 22 2016

I breezed through the book in a little over a week (hey, I had Christmas and skiing to do) and I enjoyed almost every moment within it. Honestly, it’s a book I can’t recommend more highly.

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Turning the Pages

Excellent
on Dec 28 2015

The Martian was amazing. The first few pages had me wondering if the science of it all was going to bore me to death, but Weir does an awesome job of bringing Mark Watney to life.

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The Dying Book Affair

Excellent
Reviewed by H E Saunders on Jun 22 2015

The praise for this novel is well-earned...It was satisfying and enjoyable. Once it's had long enough to rest, I'll revisit it again.

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William Hertling's Thoughtstream

Above average
Reviewed by hertling on Jun 11 2014

This was a debut novel originally self-published, and so the protagonist’s character development and emotions are a bit on the weak side. However, I know my novels suffer from this as well, and its shouldn’t be a deterrent from reading.

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Good
Reviewed by Tyler on Jul 16 2015

Finally, other than the excellent writing, I appreciated the accessible hard science fiction here. Like Michael Crichton, Andy Weir has made this a book that doesn’t dumb down the technical aspects but brings the readers up to what they need to understand while also not wasting time on the minutiae.

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Above average
Reviewed by Suzanne on May 09 2015

The novel is about Watney’s struggle to survive on Mars, and author Weir keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, cheering him on. He also keeps you laughing with Watney’s sarcasm and wit.

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Good
on Mar 10 2014

The Martian is a hell of a read. Weir’s pacing sits quite comfortably in that oft-occupied space between literary work and Hollywood summer blockbuster—more intelligently written and nuanced than the majority of popcorn fiction I’ve read in recent years, but still identifiably pop excitement in every sense. And that’s not a bad thing at all.

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