The situation couldn't be more bleak, but Mark Watney, the only person on an entire planet, makes the most of it. His epic quest for survival is humorous and engaging. I was so anxious to see what happens page after page. I would find myself tense and caught up in Mark's plight one moment, then laughing loudly the next. The science is real and Andy Weir makes it approachable. The fact is, this could really happen in our present day and that makes it all the more interesting. I haven't read anything like it in a very long time. This is a great read for anyone.
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.