One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!
The Martian by Andy Weir is one of the best books I have read lately. I literally could not put it down, and only had to to sleep briefly. It is one of those books where you can’t think about anything else until you have finished it, one of those glorious books that you can’t stop reading until you know what happens to the protagonist in the end. This book is brilliant. It’s a survivalist story about Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets stranded for a thoroughly credible reason by himself on Mars. His problem is stark- he must survive 1,412 days and does not have the provisions to last him that long. In comes the star of the book: science.
He has a Habitat (Hab) to live in, rations for six for 50 days, 300 liters of water, an oxygenator that produces oxygen from carbon dioxide and two vehicles. There are potatoes for Thanksgiving and so Mark, a biologist, figures out how to split them and grow new potatoes. He figures everything out- how to eventually communicate with Earth, how to create more oxygen, how to fix all the little and big problems that come up, he figures out how to survive.
I loved this book, it is a celebration of science and human ingenuity. It has suspense, humor and humanity. It’s 100 times better than the film ‘The Martian’ based on the book- and the movie is fantastic. This one desreves all 5 stars, plus thousands more, maybe even Mars too. 😉
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