This is NASA astronaut Mark Watney’s stark reality in the opening scene of Andy Weir’s bestselling novel “The Martian.” Just days after landing on Mars, a chaotic dust storm forces the Ares 3 to evacuate thinking Watney is dead.
With no way to communicate to Earth that he’s alive, Watney begins to immediately assess his situation. And let’s be honest, it’s bleak. He knows Ares 4 isn’t planned to return to Mars for another four years. Damaged equipment surrounds him and food resources are low. Yet, Watney considers himself fairly resourceful, and if everything goes bust he acknowledges, “In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl.”
Recognized as “an edge-of-your seat thriller with laugh-out loud dialogue” (Library Reads, February 2014), “The Martian” is the ultimate survival story. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook narrated by R.C. Bray — he does a phenomenal job bringing the various characters to life. Speaking of, “The Martian” hit the big screen Oct. 2 with Matt Damon starring as Watney. It’s my most anticipated movie of the year and yes, I’m aware of “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.”
— Reviewed by Erin Wallace, adult services librarian at Lewiston City Library