I’ve never done a book review on this blog before, and I suspect I’m not really good at that. But as someone who makes a living studying, analyzing, thinking and speaking about the future, I’m always busy keeping my mind ‘out there.’ Over the last week, with a whirlwind trip across North America for an event, I started reading The Martian by Andy Weir. I just finished. And all I can say is, WOW! What a book!
Quick summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?All I can is, WOW. What a book! You want to read this one!