Did you know Ridley Scott is adapting this book into a movie, due for 2015? Now that you definitely know, if you are thinking you would just wait for the movie and give the book a miss, think again! This book is one of the best books I have read in recent times. Yes, it’s not very philosophical, not filled with great quotes that you will like updating on your wall on your favourite social networking site, but it makes for great light reading, and Andy Weir has this flow which is so effortless, you will flow along with it.
The story starts when Mark Watney, an astronaut on the Ares 3 Mars mission, gets left behind on the planet, and the rest of the crew leave him behind on the MAV, the only vehicle capable of leaving Mars. So, he is basically left to die on the planet, well, until Earth finds out that he is alive on the planet… you see, they thought he was dead. But Watney doesn’t rely on Houston for survival, because he knows that they won’t be able to help him. So, can Watney live till the Ares 4 astronauts reach Mars? There is a problem, and it is that he doesn’t have enough food, and the equipment on which his survival depends, was made to last only around a month, and the Ares 4 still is a few years away from reaching Mars. Actually, they haven’t yet left Earth.
You have to go dive into the book for the rest, and believe me when I say this, it is something you won’t regret. You will start rooting for Watney along with the rest of the Earth. I did!