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I read Andy Weir’s The Martian last year when I was on a sci-fi reading kick. I believe this was Weir’s first book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Martian is a gripping survival story on the planet Mars. Astronaut Mark Watney is one of the first six people to walk on Mars, but he also could be the first to one die there as well. I loved reading Watney’s crass and to the point dialogue and the clever ideas he develops to survive alone on Mars. I particularly liked his ability to grow potatoes on the red planet because it was quite ecological and organic (this makes sense if you read the book). Watney is a gutsy, nerdy, and likable character, it is easy to root for him.
While at times I didn’t always understand the scientific jargon used in the book, it wasn’t so complex that I felt lost in the reading.
When I finished this book I felt this could make a great movie. Lo and behold, it is becoming one with Matt Damon playing the role of Mark Watney along with a host of other popular actors. There are very few book-to-movie adaptations that I like (one I can honestly say I liked was The Help by Kathryn Stockett); as the saying goes the movie is never as good as the book. I hope that is not the case with The Martian, I look forward to seeing how it will come together.