The Martian: A Novel

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 11, 2014 - Fiction - 384 pages
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
 

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First book I've read in a while that I found so exciting I couldn't put it down, especially towards the end. I have to wonder how many people really found all the scientific detail in a novel as ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
18
Section 4
28
Section 5
38
Section 6
49
Section 7
80
Section 8
95
Section 17
229
Section 18
243
Section 19
257
Section 20
269
Section 21
285
Section 22
298
Section 23
311
Section 24
325

Section 9
105
Section 10
114
Section 11
132
Section 12
146
Section 13
158
Section 14
172
Section 15
192
Section 16
216
Section 25
342
Section 26
378
Section 27
379
Section 28
380
Section 29
381
Section 30
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About the author (2014)

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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