Framing the Dialogue

The Martian: A Novel

“For the record…I didn’t die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them. Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.” And it’ll be right, probably. ’Cause I’ll surely die here. Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.”

I resisted seeing the movie as I really just don’t like Matt Damon.  I’d heard great things about the novel though and added it to my booklist.   I have to say that this is one of the best books that I’ve read in a long time.  I usually leave my opinion until the end of my review, but I cannot say enough about this book.  You have to read this book!

America is exploring Mars.  On one of the excursions something very bad happens and the astronauts have to leave the planet.  One thing though, they left Mark Watney behind. So how does someone survive on a hostile planet with limited food until help can arrive…taking many months.  Oh and the rest of the world thinks he’s dead.  We are privy to Watney’s journal as he hopes to leave a legacy about his survival even if he is never rescued.  The outlook is dire, but there is hope and action to be taken if he has a chance to survive.

“Mars is a barren wasteland and I am completely alone here. I already knew that, of course. But there’s a difference between knowing it and really experiencing it. All around me there was nothing but dust, rocks, and endless empty desert in all directions. The planet’s famous red color is from iron oxide coating everything. So it’s not just a desert. It’s a desert so old it’s literally rusting. The Hab is my only hint of civilization, and seeing it disappear made me way more uncomfortable than I like to admit.”


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