The Martian

Tittel: The Martian 
Forfatter: Andy Weir 
Sjanger: Science-fiction 
Utgitt: 2014
Forlag: Del Ray
Antall sider: 369
Goodreads rating: 4.39

Lest på Engelsk 

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.


So this book has been on my shelf for a while - over a year, I think. I actually bought it before the movie came to the cinema here in Norway, planned to read it before I saw it, but never got around to it. 
Now I've read it. 

I've seen a lot of reviews of this book, saying it had a lot of science. 
That is not a joke. 
Admittedly, I'm not a scientist or math geek or anything like that, but I do find it interesting. So at the beginning while reading this, I found that aspect rather awesome. It wasn't just the character thinking up something, and making it work, 'cause science! But we actually got to take part of the thought process, and he explained everything, making it believable. 
That said, there got to a point where it was just too much. After a long day my tired brain just couldn't wrap itself around what was said, so I ended up not finishing the book as I probably would have otherwise. 
It is not an easy, enjoyable read. You can't skim this book. You have to commit when reading it. 

The writing, other than all the science, was rather good. 
It had a nice and easy flow, and it wasn't a problem at all - probably why I would have finished this rather quickly, if not for all the math and chemistry. 
Also, most of it was told as a diary for Mark Watney, and that helped. 

As a character, Mark Watney was right up my alley. 
He actually kinda reminded me of my best friend - who is a chemist/bio engineer/something like that. This may be one of the reasons I found the character to be really real, and I actually got sucked in and wanted for him to win. I felt I knew him. 
There were some other characters as well, but we didn't get to see them as much, and so it was harder to get a feel of them. Some of them had distinct personalities, others were just there to fill a vacuum. (See what I did there?) 

The story is a bit slow, I have to admit. 
A lot happens, but mostly it is just Watney telling how he solved this or that problem. 
About all the things that happened as well... at one point murphy's law isn't fun any more. This book is a good example of too much bad luck. Everything that could go wrong, did, and at one point I just rolled my eyes at another catastrophe and didn't care. 
Also, I thought the last chapter grew a bit too long. It leeched away from the excitement the way it was written. 

It was fun, though, and I'm glad I've read it. That said, I'm not sure I'll pick up another book by the author. I'm not in school anymore, and my brain can't handle all the science anymore

Boka fikk 3.5/5 stjerner på goodreads
 


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