Guest Blogger: Kalvin, Grade 10
Setting (Place): Mars
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 4 Stars
I enjoyed reading the novel as a whole. The way the main character gets off Mars and survives the most impossible battle is very intriguing. The main character’s personality is charming, humorous, and intelligent. I also enjoyed how he used his scientific knowledge to figure out his escape.
This novel tells a story about a man who is stranded on Mars and uses his scientific intelligence to find his way home. Dropped into a nightmare without an ending the main characters humor and sarcastic gestures molds a enjoyable setting even though the deadly situation is still present. The character’s practice in college is very interesting because his earliest studies aided him in his survival. Using old scrap left on Mars to create a safe haven for himself and his horrific music. Knowing survival will be nearly impossible Mark Watney uses all his resources to one day finally contact Earth and find a way back home.
People who enjoy scientific based novels, where the path to salvation is through science will thoroughly enjoy this book. Also if the individual enjoys space exploration and the sense of danger this novel jammed packed with heart dropping content. I feel like you should read this book because it gave me a different perspective on life. Most of us in society take what we have for granted, which being said if we were to be left on Mars, it would be a gruesome ending. We are lucky to be able to go to school, eat healthy food, drink healthy water, and live in a house. People in third world countries could only dream of having all of this. The Martian gave me a sense of respect toward the world.
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