So, after finishing the utterly beautiful ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes (if you haven’t read it, you’re missing out), I decided no chick-lit would do. I needed something very different than my usual romcom reads.
I love space. I love hearing about the ISS, and Tim Peake. I love looking at the stars. I am just fascinated by it. So, The Martian by Andy Weir seemed like it might be a good read for me. I’d seen the movie trailer, it looked pretty interesting. And you’ve always got to read the book first, right? So, I started reading……
Mark Watney is part of a crew on a mission on Mars, when a storm means early evacuation. He falls behind and his crew leave, assuming him dead. But he’s not dead. And not only does he have no way of letting anyone on Earth know this; he has a limited amount of food and other life-supporting supplies. Somehow though, whatever hellish situation Mars throughs at Mark, he has a wit and humour and style that made me regularly laugh out loud. For example:
“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!”
There are other bits that made me hold my breath, feel nervous, and even tearful. It’s an emotional rollercoaster.
So, yeah. Wow. I just couldn’t put this book down. It has so many plot twists and cliff-hangers that you’re always waiting for the next disaster or triumph; and now I’ve finished I feel a little lost.
Bravo, Andy Weir.
What can I possibly read next?!