What a fantastic book! This had me crying, laughing, holding my breath, and cheering all throughout. It didn't feel as though I was reading a book, it felt like I was watching a movie or that I was watching this happen in real life.
Readers follow Mark Watney who is an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after his crew believes that he was killed during a dust storm. I loved Mark's sense of humor (and some people won't). He is sarcastic, childish, and at times mildly offensive. You would think that he would have been extremely depressed with the situation that he was in but he kept himself sane with his humor. I have never used the highlight feature of my kindle as much as I have while reading this book. Some of my favorite gems from this book were:
"How come Aquaman can control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense."
"Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped."
This book definitely puts the "science" in science-fiction. I was not that great at science in school but the author did a good job of explaining most of the science. I also found that it didn't lessen my interest in the book at all. If you really love science-fiction with real science in it then this is the book for you.
I don't want to give too much away about this book but I was holding my breath and shaking towards the end. It honestly felt like I was watching the events on a news broadcast. I truly loved the ending of this book. I feel kind of sad now that it is over because I loved reading about Mark. I highly recommend this book.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley copy of this book.