The Martian Book Reviews

AUTHOR
Andy Weir
SCORE
4.5
TOTAL RATINGS
14,274

The Martian by Andy Weir Book Summary

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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?

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Book Name The Martian
Genre Adventure
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Language English
E-Book Size 3.76 MB

The Martian (Andy Weir) Book Reviews 2024

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Ending was Great. Overall the book was good. I got a little bored with a lot of the talk about the main character doing calculations and things like that. I felt like it went too in detail on that sometimes. If I only rated the last quarter of the book, though, it’d be 5 star

The Martian. Great story line, really bad (unnecessary) language.

Couldn’t put it down. Great read.

Great movie better book. I watched the movie and then watched the book I know that is a sin but the movie was great and the book was even better

Exciting from start to finish. This is easily the most exciting book I have ever read. Very detailed but doesn’t get lost in the weeds. All the science and math is done in a fun and approachable way. And Mark is hilarious.

Love love love. Loved every page of this book. There’s some funny parts, page turners, science, all good stuff and plot. I don’t understand science but the author makes it easy to understand. Easily one of my favorite and highly recommended books now!

Swag. Very swag

Awesome!!. Awesome book. Ive seen the movie multiple times and it’s amazing and exhilarating

Enjoyed very much. This is my kind of story book.

It is not working. I bot the book, and it only is showing 55 pages when in the book is actually 800 something pages! Fix it

A Classic…. Book is more entertaining than the movie

21st century Hard-core Si-Fi. This is the book that can represent 21st century Si-Fi. It is great and hard on science. A book you shouldn’t miss if you want Si-Fi sometimes.

Flawed but Excellent. “The Martian” is the inspiration for one of the finest science fiction movies—indeed, one of my favorite films—of all time. If you enjoy the movie, the novel will not disappoint. But the screenplay is a superb adaptation, the rare example of a film that improves upon its source material. The movie is more tightly written, with more robust and plausible human characters and (in my opinion) more coherently sequenced storytelling. However, know that it manages to be this by being smart about how it adapts and lightly augments the source material—many passages of dialogue are directly lifted nearly verbatim, with just enough buttressing context or polishes for clarity to make them soar. Not for nothing is it one of the few space movies famously nitpicky astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wholeheartedly recommends. As for the book itself—well, the writing here is no masterpiece of prose, but you shouldn’t buy it for the writing. Buy it for the incomprehensible effort Weir put into setting up science puzzles for himself, and working them out through his characters with painstaking accuracy within an accessible story driven narrative. It’s a feat, one that more than deserves all the praise it has merited. That said, this novel began life as a self published passion project eBook, and it shows: the science is near impeccable, the ingenuity palpable. But the characters are one-note and the dialogue can be so faux-naturalistic it comes all the way back around the other way to stilted. We have the director of NASA, who is *fastidious*. Better show him straightening papers or adjusting his tie eight or nine times to be sure the reader picks up on how he’s a real person with a whole plot-superfluous character trait: fastidiousness. Meanwhile NASA’s PR chief is *vulgar-mouthed.* It’s incongruous, get it?! How realistic, that a decorous and dour public spokesperson would speak more freely behind closed doors. So, nearly every other word out of the character’s mouth is punctuated with colorful expletives. Our protagonist, meanwhile, could likewise stand to be a bit more broadly drawn. His imperiling situations are many and varied, but one could easily swap in any of Mark Watney’s wryly good-natured spieling in response to any of them and not notice the slightest tonal shift. His character would certainly have grown and changed through the trauma and hardship and jubilation of his months stranded. And while I respect the author’s stated desire not to focus too prominently on the psychological element of the survival story at the expense of the science, there is no perceptible difference in the voice of Watney the freshly castaway and the man we see at the end of his journey. It’s telling that the best, most engrossing writing in the book is within the sample chapter of Weir’s follow up novel, Artemis. He seems to have benefited from both experience and the stewardship of editors (now that he is no longer self published), which should not be interpreted as a slight—the very best fiction writing from our most seasoned authors has been edited within an inch of its life by outside eyes, and they’ll all happily acknowledge this. I immediately bought “Artemis.” Preliminary take: less captivating speculative-science content, but much stronger writing overall. By all means, buy and read The Martian. You’ll devour this absolutely unique survival story, and for all I’ve critiqued it, the iffy writing is minimally distracting from what makes this novel shine. For my part, I happily consider it an elaborate rough treatment for what became one of the best space films ever made. And as an obsessed fan of the movie, the originating material is delightful to peruse—complete with “deleted scenes!”

THE BEST FRICKIN BOOK EVER🤩🤩🤩. okay first of all i only read the sample cuz im poor i get it but even the sample was enough to make me this happy i cant wait to buy the full 📚 book!!

Best book in a long time. I love the story, the science and the characters.

Fantastic. Sure... it may be idealistic or heavy in its optimism but just as Mark Watney cannot be kept down, neither can the book itself. I have read it several times and each time reveals something new. Those hoping for a gripping battle between man and aliens should obviously look elsewhere, but those who enjoy humor and man’s will to persevere against all odds will be in for a fantastic read. Andy Weir has been praised across the scientific community for his astounding accuracy but I’d have to call more attention to his ability to develop such an interesting protagonist. Some portions are highly technical but, in my opinion at least, this only adds to the immersion into Mark Watney’s genius. I have begun my journey once again with Mark and I know it won’t be the last.

Amazing. "The Martian" by Andy Weir is an exhilarating and brilliantly crafted science fiction novel that captivates from the very first page. Weir's meticulous attention to scientific detail, coupled with Mark Watney's resilient and witty character, creates an immersive narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The storytelling is both engaging and educational, seamlessly blending humor with the harsh realities of survival on Mars. The suspenseful plot, filled with ingenious problem-solving and unexpected twists, makes "The Martian" a gripping and unforgettable journey through the challenges of space exploration. Weir's ability to balance technical accuracy with a compelling story makes this novel a must-read for both science fiction enthusiasts and those new to the genre. It's a testament to human ingenuity, resilience, and the indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.

All time Favorite. Mark Watney is the most likeable character I’ve ever experienced. 10/10 recommend for anyone!

Great!. This book is great!

Just buy it already. It really is that good.

Sensacional, de principio a fin!!!. Estupendo relato de Ciencia Ficción, que me mantuvo pegada al libro, alegrándome cuando Mark encontraba la solución a algo y sufriendo cuando algo salía mal. Es increíble la forma en que se aferra a la vida y acabe adorando su sarcástico buen humor. Este marxiano me atrapó desde que comencé a leerlo. Muy recomendable!

Don’t know why I waited so long to red this!. Such a great book! I read all his other books first, and then finally got to this one. The drama Mr. Weir creates is so well written, and I love the scientific facts strewn throughout.

Amazing!. This book is great, and the twists and turns that happen are very interesting and attention grabbing. Watney, (astronaut stranded on mars) has to face many things that try to kill him, and has to persevere through 2 years of being alone.

The Martian. Fantastic, and as usual, it was better than the movie. That’s because one can use their imagination while reading any book that provides entertainment, and I’m NOT referring to trade journals or magazines!

Review of the Martian. This book is even better the second time. Love the characters and the story. Restores my outlook on humanity and in the resiliency of humans. Good read!!! And it’s better than the movie, great movie.

Awesome and so much better than the movie!. I watched the movie when it first came out and loved it, but the book was incredible!

Loved reading this. So I watched the movie before ever hearing about the book, seems to be how things are for me, and I really enjoyed the movie. When I found this I was expecting the movie to have taken liberties and changed things, something’s made sense. Between the two mediums… I found the book funnier. A lot funnier. The sarcasm (and sass?) of Mark is hilarious. I enjoyed the overall pacing of the book, the problem solving for survival, and the humor that was written. Note to self: don’t leave Earth 😂

Novice Reader here. Definitely kept my attention, artist can eloquently describe very intricate story details whilst providing an aura of imaginative headspace.

Read it three times. This is such a good book, I've read it three times already. The first time I read it was about a month before the movie came out. Movie was good, but of course....."the book is so much better". Andy Weir gets a lot of things right about being on Mars. The book flows along perfectly and the back and forth of NASA and Watney logs keep both ends of the ordeal in sync. Looking forward to another great sci-fi from Andy Weir.

Yy. Jjiii

The Martian. Interesting, quick read, common sense

The Martian. Well written. Accurate details of science engineering I found it a great education for me. Really picked up the 10 pages for an excellent finish. Definitely 5 stars from me.

Great!. Definitely an interesting and riveting read. Talk about survival mode!

Great read. Gripping nonstop action, McGiver like

Loved it!!. This was my first sci-fi book but I love survival books. Was a welcome twist for my normal genre.

Genre-breaking Sci Fi. I didn’t think I would like hard math and science in such a compelling story! Just read this book!!

Amazing. The book kept dragging me and dagging me to just keep reading.

A must read!. I read this book sandwiched between two viewings of the movie and man, was or worth it. Each chapter was incredibly well written, and I particularly enjoyed his ‘origin story’-esque letter at the end. Bravo!

Amazing. A hilarious and dramatic story, it got me hooked from the first page

My favorite book.. This to me is the greatest book I’ve ever read. Everything about is genius.

So good. I have and will reread this book for many years to come.

Great Book!!. Would recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of space craze. 👍🏻👍🏻

Sci-fi. Absolutely amazing this book was more than I ever wanted

The Martian. Best book, totally believable how Mark survives the harsh Martian landscape. Read it twice.

Excellent book!. Loved the scientific accuracy of it all.

thought provoking. well written story. he clearly took a lot of time to research and create a scientifically accurate/possible storyline, and i enjoyed learning about potential life on mars. i feel like there could have been improvements in character development, as the amount of time he spent alone would have for sure made more mental and emotional impact, and since the majority of it is basically his diary. ending also felt pretty abrupt. worth the read tho

favorite book. this is by far one of the best books i’ve ever read. it perfectly fits what i look for in a story. first of all, space. space is awesome and i’ve been obsessed with it for years. second, all the nerdy stuff in it. the actions Watney takes just to survive are fully explained, and the consequences of these actions are expanded upon further on in the story. and lastly, the humor. this book is filled with jokes (mostly from Watney) and i started laughing at one so hard everyone started looking at me. i cannot recommend this book enough, please read it!!!

Science + Survival Thriller. Great book for the adventurous space nerds out there! Fantastic dry humor and McGuyver cleverness.

Absolutely great. I couldn’t stop reading the last couple of chapters. It was intense and Watney was hilarious

El muy sofachetz. Somoh el guanto mark interestuant!! Muy Mars fow clante

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Page turner. I stayed up till 4 am reading this book one night... I rarely even read books. Even after a day spent studying and working I couldn't wait to go to bed and read about Mark. Wish the ending had a bit more closure, but it was great nonetheless!!

A story about not giving up. This is a story to share. It is about not giving up even when you might think that everything is lost. Enjoy the science, the sadness, the desperation, the humor and the achievement combined inside a great narration. The Martian is about humankind and what define the greatest part of all of us.

Fantastic!. One of the best books I've read in months. Smart, funny and compelling - I hated to see it end.

Pooping in a dumpster. Pooping in space would rock you could touch it

Best read in years!. Compelling! Read cover to cover!

Amazing read never put it down!. I'm not a huge reader and burned through this book in an afternoon. The characters are amazing and the situations really keep you involved. Definetly an amazing book!

Such a great ride.. I'll admit it. I saw the movie first. Still, I loved this book so much. The intelligence, the humour...the ride. As always, the book has so much more than what a movie can offer, and despite knowing how it would end I was enthralled. After all, like many other enjoyable things in this life...it is not the destination but the journey that is most fun.

The Martian. Very good! Read like a blog from Mars!

Page turner. I enjoyed that. Quick ending but it was about the journey there more than anything.

Amazing. I watched the movie eight years ago and didn’t remember too much from it. I thought it would spoil the book but it did not. The book was so much more detailed and memorable than the movie.

Not terrible, not great. Written mostly in a diary format, it's mostly unbelievable. Diary is written not just for a layman, but he was maybe expecting a 6th grader to read it. And the overuse of the word "yay!" bothered me quite a bit. For example; "I was able to connect this to that. Yay!" I didn't think it would work, but it did. Yay!" For a scientist/astronaut, he uses the term "Yay!" a lot... This will be one of those stories where the movie is actually better than the book.

Great Book. Loved the storyline, and the ingenious ways he fixed things

Yes it's as good as they say. Couldn't put it down, lost a lot of sleep. Still tottaly satisfied. Mark watney ladies and gentlemen, so good.

Brilliant. Just riveting and plain awesome. Best scifi book I have read, ever.

Totally Awesome. This is a great read. It flows very well and keeps the reader interested the whole time. I can't wait to see the movie.

Martian. OMG AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

What a great adventure!!!. Perfect

Top Notch Science Fiction. A quick read full of intense survival with lots of gory, technical details about the perils of space travel.

Funny. One of the few reads that are laugh-out-loud funny. "In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl"

Amazing. Had me on the edge of my pages (?). Loved the whole thing !

Great book to read. I really enjoyed the movie so decided to read the book to get more of the back story to what the lead character was thinking as he handled each difficult situation and scenario. It's a great quick read, though about half way through I started skipping some of the "sciency" stuff since it started to get boring. There are some tense moments - especially near the end - and some funny ones. Definitely recommended.

Great book. I loved every page and couldn't put it down. Go for it and you will not be disappointed.

Couldn't stop reading .... What a great book. Easy to read and well written, even the technical/science parts, and characters you are rooting for. Lots of suspense with a dash of humour thrown in. I literally could not stop reading it, even though I cheated and read the last page, so knew what to expect.

A sweet treat of a read. This was so interesting and suspenseful of a read. Like many others I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day and a half as I put my life on hold. The Mark Watney character was a real favourite of mine with his sarcasm and love of life. A true "never say die" attitude. Congratulations Andy Weir on a great writing job"

Absolutely. Brilliant witty and fun on top of true grit

The Martian. Andy Weir may be considered the next Douglas Adams. The way Andy engages the reader with humor when the protagonist is in danger is very difficult to do. This is definitely one of my favorite Science Fiction Books of all time.

Best book in a long time!!. Great page turner and I kinda wished it never ended! Please write more Andy!

Absolutely fantastic. Could not put this novel down. Best book I've read in years.

Fascinating page turner. Pretty darn good character sketches especially given the format constraints. Bit of an abrupt ending. I'd cast Hugh Jackman as Mark Watney. Absorbing tale!

Should be mandatory reading to all engineers-to-be!. This is a fun book to read for all ingenious and engineers of this world with its multidisciplinary problem-solving, coupling solo and team work in extreme conditions with hard-nose science to back it. The book could be the basis for a serious game putting learners in such extreme conditions and attempting to survive using their scientific, engineering and technology knowledge.

Fantastic!. The best books I've ever read in years. Smart, funny, compelling.

The Martian. One of the most exciting books I have read in a long time!!!! Wow!! Had me biting my nails!!

For Space Nerds and You Normies. Quick, easy, gripping, science, survival and space travel. Hard to put this one down based on those stats.

Martian. Great read.

The Martian....a fantastic read. One of the best books I've read. It was hard to put down once I started reading it.

Amazing. Couldn't put this book down. Very well done.

Wow!. A great and compelling read.

The Martian: Review. Heard it was good, and I watched the movie. The storm is not possible since the atmosphere is so thin on Mars, it would have to be 40 times of what earth's would be to be the same. Otherwise sounds like a GREAT book and going to read it soon. Movie was also good too.

Great Book. Great book ,funny and amazing plot!

Awesome!. Once I started I couldn't put the book down! Very smart and funny. Loved it!

The Martian. A well written witty story painting the possible hazards of a Mars expedition. Some may find the technical solutions boring but I found them to be ingenious. Damn funny at times.

Excellent!. A great read. Couldn't put it down! Highly recommended

One of the most interesting book I've read. This book is great, full of jokes and has a compelling story that will keep you entertained from start to finish. I've read it in a day, that's how good it is.

Great book. Well written

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