*May Contain Spoilers*
There is no Book Club Book Review, this month, as I didn’t get any further than the first chapter of our chosen book (Truthwitch)… I’m unsure as to why, but I just couldn’t get into the book; so, I stopped reading it.
Therefore, I have decided to do a review about a book that I read during this month, instead. My chosen book is The Martian. I read this as part of Lalathon, which took place from 1st November to 9th November. You can find the link to the vlog that explains what Lalathon was, here. I also read this book as part of my NEWTs Readathon, and you can find out more about this readathon on my vlog, here.
So, without further ado, let’s review!
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?
‘I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
For me, the opening line of any book can make or break the book… it has to suck you in, and grab your attention, as quickly as possible, in order for you to stick with the whole book.
The above are the first 3 lines of The Martian. If you haven’t read this book, yet, do you want to, now?
Not only did I pick this book because it’s one of Kayla’s (from BooksandLala) favourite books and it fit in with both Lalathon and my NEWTs Readathon, but I also loved the film adaptation of this book, so freaking much. AND, those first few lines… I was sold!
Honestly, I love a book with swearing in it! I understand that some books just really don’t need it, at all. But there have been some that I’ve read, and a character will say something, and in my head, I just think – “Nope, that should have been ‘shit’ or ‘fuck’ or ‘bastard’, in that situation.” I think that I get more into books with swearing in them due to the fact that they seem more real. You’re not going to react to being left on Mars – after your crew thought that you were dead – with, “Oh dear! Can you believe it? I’ve been left on Mars? What on Earth am I going to do?”. You’re going to react with, “I’m pretty much fucked!”.
I absolutely LOVED this book! So much so that it became one of my all-time favourite books!
I decided to listen to this book, rather than read it (again, I have a pretty strong opinion about the fact that this can either make or break a book), and it was bloody brilliant. The narrator – R. C. Bray – was fantastic. He knew when to make you laugh, he knew when to be serious enough to make you panic for him, he knew when to make you happy and when to make you sad. You could feel everything that Andy Weir intended for you – as the reader – to feel.
As always with my favourite books, this book gives you all the “feels”… with the added benefit of making you feel like it’s based on a true story. I finished the book, fully believing that Mark Watney really was left on Mars for all that time and that there was this outstanding true story of his survival (and of his crew coming back to save his life). In reality, this is just a sci-fi thriller fiction novel… but with some of the best research that I’ve ever seen (in order to make this all seem like it was real).
I adore this book. I initially picked it up from my library, but have since taken it back and purchased my own copy. It’s one that I will read, again and again, and never get bored of. The Martian is a book that I’d highly recommend to just about anybody. You will not regret reading this book… EVER!
‘If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do. And because of that, I had billions of people on my side.
Pretty cool, eh?
Anyway, my ribs hurt like hell, my vision is still blurry from acceleration sickness, I’m really hungry, it’ll be another 211 days before I’m back on Earth, and, apparently, I smell like a skunk took a shit on some sweat socks.
This is the happiest day of my life.’
Those are the last lines from The Martian… I mean – come on; who wouldn’t want to pick this book up?!
5/5 stars from me, obviously!