I have a love-hate relationship with sci-fi. Often it’s too technical with not enough story, or has a great story but the science holds no water. The Martian had a great balance of both. Weir’s love of his subject matter came through with such passion, as the hero, Mark Watney, has to keep his cool (not literally; Mars is quite cold), stranded on Mars, by figuring out creative ways to manipulate his environment and the variables within. Watney’s ability to see and inject humor into his situation helps him as much as knowing how to work with hydrogen and plutonium without blowing himself back into orbit. Even if the science isn’t your thing, you’ll get excited right alongside Mark as he MacGuyver’s all the tools at his disposal. The dialogue, both in Mark’s journal and as he corresponds with NASA, had me roaring. Fantastic read that will easily be found among the sci-fi classics in the future.
Overall Rating: 5 Stars