Mark Watney is in trouble. Big Trouble. He's wounded, abandoned, and presumed dead. He's stranded in a hostile environment, with limited supplies and no contact with the outside world. He's all by himself, on Mars. Such is the predicament of the protagonist in Andy Weir's wildly entertaining book, 'The Martian'. When his Mars exploration team is hit by a freak dust storm, they scramble to make a hasty evacuation. But during their egress Mark is struck by a piece of flying debris, knocked unconscious, and separated from the rest of his crew. When he wakes up, he finds himself alone on Mars without any communication or means of escaping the planet. He's got a survivable habitat, and enough supplies to last a few months, but the rest of the world doesn't even know he's still alive, let alone marooned millions of miles from earth. Mark endures his predicament with resourcefulness, ingenuity, and tremendous humor as he attempts to survive on the distant planet. In a tale that is all things creative and realistic, suspenseful and hilarious, Mark Watney's story becomes a testament to human survival in the face of incredible odds.
Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways. A first novel.