The Martian: A Novel

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Crown Publishers, 2014 - Fiction - 387 pages
Le rabat de jaquette indique: "A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man's struggle to survive. 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 the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, Mark 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's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills-and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength-he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth. As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive. But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet. Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale."
 

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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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So lots of us love this book, because of how legibly and cleverly it combines hard science and enjoyably written fiction. I prefer the movie slightly -- it rounded off some of the edges, such as Mark ... 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
387
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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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