The Martian: a book review

The Martian: a book review

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Review: The Martian

The Martian tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut on the Ares 3 mission to Mars. After a terrible storm almost destroys the ship and the base, the crew of his ship believe he is dead. 1) _____. Alone on the red planet, he has to survive until the next mission to Mars arrives.

While this novel is fiction, in some ways it feels like non-fiction. It is very scientific and packed with details about survival on Mars. Watney is a botanist and engineer, and he begins to grow food and produce water in his artificial camp. How does he do this? 2) _____.

The author is Andy Weir, and this is his first published book. In it he has created a realistic character. There is a lot of humour in the story, and the reader can identify with the emotions (although no one can really imagine what it's like to be on Mars). Watney admits at the beginning that he is in deep trouble, but he never gives up. 3) _____. Instead, what The Martian gives us is a realistic look at an intelligent person alone on a planet and trying to survive.

The majority of the plot takes place on Mars and is written in the form of Watney's journal entries. 4) _____. Unfortunately, the other characters in the book (his fellow crew members, the scientists at NASA on Earth) do not get much development and so they often feel one-dimensional.

I should also mention that the book is thrilling to read. You will be on the edge of your seat until the very end. 5) _____. It's good not only for space travel fans and scientists but for anyone who is looking for a unique and exciting story. The Martian was so popular that it was made into a film starring Matt Damon in 2015, but I recommend reading the book first.


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Average: 4.3 (23 votes)

Submitted by ahmad 920 on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 16:06

I am rereading the first book an it is the forty Rules of Love and i recommend it.

Submitted by Asni on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 00:20

Although I'm not very fond of reading books, I would like to mention one that was very helpful to me. I was having an utterly emotional disorder, a mixture of stress, sadness, despair and disappointment. All those strong and negative feelings affected me in a big way. Eventually, after a quite long and constant internal fight against my own pain and heart darkness, I could cope with them, take control over my emotions and regain my smile. The book is called Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns. It is fascinating and I really recommend it to everyone, not only to people going through some psychological or emotional crisis.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 00:53

I would recommend A Midsummer Night's Dream. This comedy play written by William Shakespeare .Four Athenians runaway to the forest only two have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl.

Submitted by Dmytro on Wed, 17/02/2021 - 14:50

I'm not a book lover and read usually not too much but I can highly recommend reading the book that extremely impacted me. It is called The Financier. It's a novel by Theodore Dreiser. One of the most exciting books I have ever read.

Submitted by Davis on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 23:27

I would recommend the book "Who moved my cheese?" a story about four characters who live in a maze and learn to deal with unexpected change.

Submitted by Iordache Constantin on Sun, 24/01/2021 - 15:54

Even though I've read many books, I would recommend "Humboldt's Gift" by Saul Bellow because it is translated in many languages, including romanian, hence it can be read by anyone. There are also plenty of books written in Romanian, which can have a very complex grammar even for native Romanians. One of them would be Mihai Eminescu's volume "Poesii".

Submitted by Minh on Mon, 18/01/2021 - 05:01

Reading books is my cup of tea. Therefore, I read all kind of books. However, I am keen on reading business books because these books are interested in me. I would recommend one of novels which is valued in life " Think and Grow rich " of Napoleon Hill. I hope you can achieve some ideals from it.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 09:19

I would like to recommend about the book named Look To The Mountain by LeGrand Cannon,Jr .It is written about the young boy and girl who are trying to find out new fields.The boy is strong, brave and honest.Finally, they are successful.This book is so exciting and interesting.

Submitted by Ehsan on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 08:37

unfortunately, I don't like novels, science-fiction, and books like that. I prefer to read books that are related to applied sciences. I mean the books we can use in our life, activities, and work. these books can be economic, computer science, historical and etc. if I want to say some instances, they can be " Rich dad poor dad", "Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets", "The Art of Thinking Clearly" and etc.