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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B1 English level (intermediate)

Submitted by HelianG on Sat, 23/11/2019 - 02:19

I do not read books very often but I think that "el Libro negro" Is a superb book, the writer is a famous YouTuber called Dross, it is a mix of 4 stories which tell us how bad the life may come to be.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Tue, 08/10/2019 - 19:36

I don't like science fiction novels, but I prefer some films, which are inspired by these books, as "2001 A space Odyssey".
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Submitted by Caterina Siligardi on Tue, 10/09/2019 - 17:44

What interesting story! I will read and recommend "The Martian" to my grandchildren. Thanks so much.
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Submitted by Steve Zarv on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 17:15

Turn of the screw is a thriller, suspense book that involves a lower wealth woman who gets a job as governess in a house of high-status, as a governess she is asked to looking after a couple of children in a cottage located in the middle of the forest. growing wretchedness in each situation is emblematic of this story that's why its title is "the turn of screw". The way in which it is written gives the plot a fancy gist that is able to immerse the story in ups and downs of atmospheres, from the overwhelming feeling of being in the middle of the darkness to the peace that gives you when looking at the views of the sunset in a garden full of blossoms. If you're a beginner in reading, whether you're native or you're learning English, I personally recommend this book to you.

Submitted by Bristol on Fri, 14/06/2019 - 00:32

Hi! With this task, I want to read the book! And, I will do it. Thanks!!
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Submitted by Steve Zarv on Thu, 23/01/2020 - 05:49

In reply to by Bristol

Hey I'm glad you read my text. I forgot to say that the original version of the book is written in ancient English so you may find it difficult to understand, so, if you want I could send you a pdf with a different writing from a different publishing house aimed at English learners.