Release Date: 13/02/14
Publisher: Del Rey
I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I'm screwed.
OK, this book is something that you’ll either love or hate. If you like Science then this is a book that you’ll really get behind, if not, well it’s a book that will leave you feeling rather flat. It is definitely hard sci-fi, and whilst many readers will be left in disbelief at what occurs within, just think of it as Robinson Crusoe on Mars with the lead character Mark Watney bringing the whole thing together as he fights to not only survive against the elements but mentally.
All round it’s an OK book and for me it’s one that I did have some trouble finishing as the science got a little bit too much for me. That said it is impressive and whilst it’s a debut I think we’ll be hearing from Andy again.