The Martian: book review by Arlene.
You will be hooked on this book The Martian by Andy Weir starting with chapter one, first sentence. Suffice it to say it only gets better from there. I am looking forward to watching it all come alive on the big screen when the movie starring Matt Damon opens in theaters soon.
The story unfolds with astronaut Mark Watney along with the rest of his crew traveling to Mars on the Ares III Program. The Ares Program was designed to send people to another planet for the very first time.
The Ares I and Ares II crews successfully completed their missions preparing the way for the Ares III crew to be the first humans to land on Mars and return to Earth successfully. Here is where the story and that plan take many different turns.
The Ares III crew of 6, after traveling 124 days, gets to Mars. They take the MDV (Mars Descent Vehicle) to the surface of Mars to begin their exploration. All of their supplies were brought there in advance. It took 14 unmanned missions to deliver all the supplies and food they would need for their mission and surface operations.
Okay, here is where it gets really exciting and interesting …… After 6 days they were caught in a massive sandstorm which threatened all their lives and forced NASA to give the order to abort the mission. They had to go out into the hellish sandstorm and to the crew’s dismay, everyone made it except Mark Watney because the crew was forced to leave him behind.
Here is where his survival begins.
His engineering skills, imagination, ingenuity and sense of humor, but I think most of all, his acceptance of how and why he alone was stranded on Mars gave him the perseverance and strength and will to go on.
He lived when everyone thought he was dead. All that time alone, the only person on a whole planet, finally manages to communicate with Earth.
This accomplishment becomes reality when you reader, are already engrossed in his daily struggle for survival that will keep you going, page by page, rooting for him all the way.
On the other side you will see his crew, the NASA chain of command, other countries and the whole world rooting for him along with you.
The Martian is quite a ride!! It is a MUST READ for any science fiction buff and anyone who has followed the Space Program.
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