Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Martian By Andy Weir - Review - Showcase of the Goodreads Group Read

ISBN-13: 9780553418026
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Release Date: 02/11/2014
Length: 384 pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndyBound/Audible


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.
My Goodreads Club, The General Fiction Expats are reading and discussing together the bestselling soon to be a movie novel, The Martian. It's been a lively conversation with different points of view which is why I personally love group discussions because they always authenticate the Edmund Wilson quote "No Two Persons Ever Read The Same Book".
It's also great to have book nerds together from all walks of life and all corners of the earth reading and chatting together like we're all in the same room. It would be fantastic if we ever could be, because we're from the North, the South, the Midwest and I even have a faithful member all the way from OZ aka Australia. The discussion is coming to a close but you're all welcome to e-drop and check it out. Who knows maybe the next time we have a group read scheduled you might want to join in. You'll Find the Group home page HERE, and The Martian discussion folder HERE

Being we'er all done with the reading and almost done with the chatting it's a fitting time to write our reviews. So I'd like to share mine with you

And don't forget to check out and join if you'd like the General Fiction Expats Goodreads club!

My review

Weirs The Martian is an incredibly inventive addictive thriller, his spellbinding narrative is an imaginative mix of his amazingly detailed tech speak with laugh out loud humor which is essential to keep readers sane as they walk a mile in Marks highly perilous space suit. Marks character is funny, vulnerable and so unbelievably courageous, he is a delight in every way and his co-stars both in space and on terra firma are remarkable and genuine. The piéce de résistance was the tenacity to bring him home by all involved.
ll be the first in line to see the movie October 2nd!

As Mark Watney, Ares team 3 manned Mars space mission botanist and engineer, slowly regains consciousness he remembers the storm, realizes he’s been grievously injured and is alone on Mars. Hes got one chance at survival albeit a very slim chance but first he must stay alive until the next manned Mars team arrives, in 4yrs, figure out how to live and especially how to feed himself when his food supply will run out long before the next man on Mars arrives.

At NASA the Ares 3 team are scrambling when they discover Mark is still alive, they've got some computing to do to see if rescue is even possible and some hard decisions to make especially about what to tell his crewmates who think they left his lifeless body on Mars. Hopefully with all the talent they have at hand someone will be able to figure out a way to save him, or at the very least figure out a way to help him save himself.


  1. So many people are raving about this one Debbie, so happy that you loved it as well. I admit, this is not something at all that I would have picked up on my own but I'm so curious about it now that I just know I'm going to have to try it for myself.
    Wonderful review!!

    1. Thanks Kindlemom, yeah It's not one I would have picked up either but I'm glad I did when it won the vote for our July read. This time was a democratic process but unfortunately Andy was busy and behind schedule for book number two and didn't have time to join in.
      I hope you like it!

  2. I know that this is very character driven, however I'm sure that there are parts that are too sci-fi for me. I'll wait for the movie to come out, I'm visual in that sense. I want to experience the story properly and not be limited by my basic imagination hahaha

    1. Ha! There is nothing wrong with your imagination! :)
      We'll compare movie notes Braine!

  3. Debbie I loved this on audio and cannot wait to see the movie when it releases.

    1. Ooh Kim I bet the audio was incredible
      We'll compare notes on the movie!

  4. So many people love this one. I might have to try it one day. Glad yall were able to have a lively debate on it :)

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  6. Fantastic review and great read this month.

  7. I'll be right behind you in line, Deb! Can't wait to see Matt Damon in this role. Loved the book!

    1. Hey Lisa, thanks. Yeah I'm anxious to see how they adapt it to the movie :)

  8. This sounds like an interesting book,and your review is great, but for some reason, when it comes to Sci-Fi, I do better watching the television program or movie. Definitely looking forward to checking this out at the theater! Hugs...

    1. Hey Ro hi!!
      Thanks for the comment. My BFF and I were chatting about seeing the film together but she's got a problem w/claustrophobia and is afraid some of the scenes will make her sick, guess I'll have to see this w/ my mom I can usually talk her into going to the show w/me :)