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The Martian

Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue 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 kill 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. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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Synopsis: Matt Damon is stranded on Mars. The Martian is a tribute to human resourcefulness and a reminder that suffering is always made better by a healthy sense of humour. If you're a nerd in any way, you'll dig this. If you don't consider yourself particularly nerdy, you'll still agree that space is pretty cool. And I will say it again: the book is better than the movie. If you've watched the movie before reading the book, even better. You'll imagine Matt Damon as the protagonist the whole time and who doesn't want that?

"As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation".