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 (24 votes)

Submitted by mariaumbarila on Tue, 30/01/2024 - 01:32


Hi everyone! I recommend 'The war of the worlds'. It's a good sci-fi book.

Submitted by Raho on Tue, 07/11/2023 - 07:51


mmmmm i can't recommend a book cause am not a reading fan but i will try to start

Submitted by betelf on Mon, 23/10/2023 - 09:21


It's important to know the reader's choice of book genre for a recommendation. I would recommend 'Fahrenheit 451' as a good way to start developing a reading habit.

Submitted by TataRyt on Fri, 20/10/2023 - 22:52


The book 'Kafka on the Shore' by Haruki Murakami extremely impressed me. It is worth reading. I love the elements of science fiction and mystery, so my mind was pleasantly surprised by the plot and characters. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to read something out of the ordinary and interesting. Give it a chance to surprise you.

Submitted by AlexandraMT on Sat, 17/06/2023 - 15:47


I recommend From Animals to Gods. It deals with the history of the human being, its evolution and how we have arrived to our days.

Submitted by Miss zahra on Sat, 08/04/2023 - 11:41


I recommend the most famous book from Daren Hardey which is called The Compound Effect. It is kind of inspiring book that packed with alot of useful information about creating new good habits and replace them by the old bad ones. I suggest that at first time just read it carefully and try to write bullet points the second time. then try to actualize them in your real life. I promise that can be change your life in a good way. I recommend reading this book to every one who is looking forward a fulfilment in family and work life.

Submitted by jmajo on Tue, 28/03/2023 - 13:52


I would recommend a book I read a long time ago but I stil remember very well and I think it’s a really interesting book, the title is “Siddhartha” an the author was Herman Hesse if I’m not wrong. It tells the story of a very young and religiuos man who passes trhough different styles of life and paths along the years trying to find his own truth and meaning of life.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!!

Submitted by KathCatalina on Mon, 06/02/2023 - 01:53


Hi everyone! I highly recommend the book "El espía del inca" "The inca´s spy" because it tells the story about the Atahualpa´s capture by the Spanish conquerors. The plot is about the many actions that Atahualpa's believers do to free him.

If you like peruvian story about the incas, you have to read this book. Before the autor published his book, he did a special and deeper investigation about the incas. For that reason the book has many details about the story of incas and also show the value of "El quipu". It was an ancient Inca device that were used for communication and mathematics.

Submitted by Eman Samir on Sat, 03/12/2022 - 20:21


I'd recommend the book "Discover Your Destiny" for Robin Sharma.It helps you to know a lot about your self.

Submitted by Annie Amarant on Tue, 13/09/2022 - 15:01


I want to recommend a novel "Intermezzo" by ukrainian painter Mykhaylo Kotsybynskiy. It is really interesting and charming story))