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The Martian

The Martian - Andy Weir A few quotes from the novel, so I guess slight spoilers ahead. Major spoilers will be hidden under a spoiler tag, lol just wanted to do that.

Wow, what an amazing novel! Been wanting to read a good Sci-Fi-Space novel for quite some time now.

I'll be honest and say that I was a little bit disappointed because no Space-Horror happened, but everything else made up for it, and I was aware, because of the blurb, that this was not going to be a horror novel, so my mistake for hoping for something that clearly wasn't going to happen.

Another truth to be told, I hated the humor of the novel, until page 71. I hated it so much that I had to put sticky notes on every bad humor the main character tried to execute. I ended up wasting 19 sticky notes. But right after page 71, everything became so much better.

I started to love the humor of Mark Watney. Mark Watney is one freakin' funny man. Despite being alone on Mars, he still has a great sense of humor! I realized that after 71 pages though.

Aside from Mark Watney, the other characters (slightly minor I guess?) were very humorous too! Notably Venkat, Mindy, Annie, Teddy, and Mitch.

Venkat who's always seemingly panicking.
Mindy who got cocky in the end.
Annie with the constant swearing. We can even nickname her fuck.
Teddy who hates the press. I think Venkat hated the press too?
and finally Mitch. Mitch, just Mitch.

Here are three funny quotations, that literally made me laugh out loud.

"Also, please tell them that each and everyone of their mothers is a prostitute.
PS: Their sisters, too."

How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense

That was when people from NASA were wondering what Watney could be thinking, was he losing his mind? Nope, just a great sense of humor.

"Also, he's a good-natured man. Usually cheerful with a great sense of humor." - Irene (Psychologist)

Okay that last one didn't make me laugh, but it was a clear and concise description of Watney!

Enough with the characters, now to talk about the plot, and the novel itself I guess.

There were a lot of Science, and I love Science. A few Chemistry here and there too (titration and of course Nitrogen, Oxygen, CO2, etc.). Also a lot of space stuff, and Physics stuff too. Almost all of the space stuff were alien to me, but it was very fun to read about, and learn at the same time. (I sure hope those facts were actually facts).

Another thing that I really liked was the way the author described how Mark Watney tried to survive on his own, on Mars. Clearly most people have vague knowledge of Mars, so I was really expecting to learn a lot of it, and have fun at the same time. Got my wish.

EDIT: I decided to put this in a spoiler tag. Just realized what a major spoiler this paragraph is.

Not sure if this should be hidden by a spoiler tag so, if you haven't read it yet, skip this paragraph. I honestly thought Mark Watney was not going to make it. The odds were very much against him. Everything he tried to do (correctly) failed, because of natural causes like sandstorms and the difference of atmosphere and other stuff on Mars. But in the end, he actually survived. (What a relief).

This novel was a perfect example of a page turner. I didn't want to stop reading because I had to know the fate of Watney. If sleep was not a necessity, I would've finished this in one reading. Such an amazing novel.

One more thing, if I were to choose my least favorite planet, it would be Mars. Despite this book being awesome, I still don't find Mars as exciting as any other planet. That includes you planetoid Pluto, we all love you. And by the way I hated John Carter of Mars. See, Mars. Not a huge fan, but this novel was still pretty amazing despite it actually being about Mars, and the survival of Mark Watney of course. I think the survival part outweighs the Mars part.

I'm not quite sure but I think I've written one long review. So, to wrap things up, this was an amazing novel. How could someone read about Mark Watney and not want to know what would happen to him? Add a huge amount of Sci-Fi facts to spice things up. A huge recommendation to any Sci-Fi fans, and I wanna say to the people who are interested with the survival genre? Cause this was clearly about one man's survival on Mars. Added this to my favorites list, now it's time to look for more awesome space novels.

5 out of 5 potatoes indeed.