The Martian

The Martian

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2014.
ISBN: 9781101905005
Characteristics: 369 pages :,map ;,24 cm


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LPL_recommends Sep 20, 2014

SciFi/Thriller. Heavy on the science. Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. Everyone thinks he is dead and he has to find a way to survive.

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Dec 26, 2017

Outstanding book!

Nov 06, 2017

This book was an incredibly fun read. You won't want to put it down, that is for sure. Highly, highly recommended.

Oct 10, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful, exciting, edge of you seat kind of book but also very funny in parts. Would highly recommend it.

Sep 08, 2017

One of the better near future adventure stories because author did his homework.

Aug 26, 2017

I've read quite a bit of Science Fiction, but this novel is probably the best I've ever read.

Aug 03, 2017

This novel provides both continuous suspense and laughs. Reading Mark Watney's logs makes you feel you are there with him as he tries to survive on Mars. Plenty of hilarious, memorable lines from the main character will place him in your top favorites of all time.

Jul 08, 2017

The Martian is a suspenseful and nail-biting novel which keeps the reader on his/her toes as Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut with a background in biology, struggles to cope with living on Mars after he is abandoned by his crew as they think he was killed due to a deadly dust storm. Surprise, surprise!...Watney is still alive. After waking up from the storm, Watney has to use his skill set to find a way to make food and water, and communicate with Earth, as scientists can help give him supplements until they find out a way to save him. Even though Watney is struggling to find a way back home, he still finds time to make up witty jokes. The best part of this novel is how realistic everything is. The author, Andy Weir, had to research for a few years to make the story as convincing as possible at the same time appealing to a variety of audiences, even people who do not understand science well. However, there is quite a bit of profanity, so I recommend this for more mature readers. If you are a mature fan of science fiction who has not read this novel or has only seen the movie, I suggest that you should try reading this novel whenever you get the time.

AL_MARCIA Jun 13, 2017

I really liked this book - it was very entertaining and scientific at the same time. It was a pleasure following Mark through his challenges while stranded on Mars. A must read!

Apr 03, 2017

I love this movie so I figured it was necessary to read the book. What can I say? I love science fiction. I love a good adventure and multiple problems. I love sarcasm. I love humour. This story just sat really well with me. This will be a book that I buy so that I can read it over and over again.

Mar 13, 2017

I enjoyed the movie a lot, but I liked the book even better for three reasons. First, the pacing of the story and the dialogue were superb. Second, the scientific explanations were accessible even if one is not a rocket scientist. Really grabbed the nerd in me. Lastly, the hero and all the other characters were clearly drawn and engaging. I highly recommend this book.

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Aug 07, 2016

Yes, of course of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshipped.

You know what? "kilowatt-hours per sol" is a pain in the ass to say. I'm gonna invent a new scientific name. one kilowatt-hour per sol can be suck at this...I'll call it a "pirate-ninja"."

As with most of life's problems, this can be solved with a box of pure radiation.

Jul 06, 2016

"Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it's turned into a nightmare." - Mark Watney

Jan 26, 2016


Nov 19, 2015

The cast in space:

“Beck said (to sister Amy.) “Everyone has multiple roles. I’m the doctor, the biologist, and the EVA specialist. Commander Lewis is our geologist. Johanssen is the sysop and reactor tech. And so on”
How about that good-looking guy … Martinez?” Amy asked. “What does he do?”
“He pilots the MDV and MAV.” Beck said. “He’s also married with a kid, you lecherous homewrecker.”
“Ah well How about Watney? What did he do?”
“He’s our botanist and engineer. And don’t talk about him in the past tense.”
“Engineer? Like Scotty?”
“Kind of.” Beck said. “He fixes stuff.”
“I bet that’s coming in handy now.”
“Yeah, no shite.”

Nov 19, 2015

More Dilbert-like humor:

They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!

I need to ask myself, 'What would an Apollo astronaut do?' He'd drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.

Me: “This is obviously a clog. How about I take it apart and check the internal tubing?”
NASA: (after five hours of deliberation) “No. You’ll freak it up and die.” So I took it apart.

“How did I end up in this situation? I’m the district sales manager of a napkin factory. Why is my daughter in space?”

Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (2 of 3):
People have been using human waste as fertilizer for centuries. It’s even got a pleasant name: “night soil.” … My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.

The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations. The tiny lump on your side that wasn’t there before Coming home to your wife and seeing two wineglasses in the sink. Anytime you hear “We interrupt this program…”

I did turn the heat back on (I’m not insane), … Waking up to frigid weather felt surprisingly nostalgic. I grew up in Chicago, after all.

The screen went black before I was out of the airlock. Turns out the “L” in “LCD” stands for “Liquid.” I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.
I started the day with some nothin’ tea. Nothin’ tea is easy to make. First, get some hot water, then add nothin’.

Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (3 of 3):

WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)

Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.

“Venkat’s got a doctorate in physics, Tim,” Bruce said. “You don’t need to explain transmission time to him.”
Tim shrugged. “You can never tell with managers.”

It’s a strange feeling. Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy ever to be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock: That rock hadn't moved in a million years!

“How are our monkeys?” “The children are fine.” She smiled.

If I can’t trust NASA, who can I trust?

I got really bored, so I decided to pick a theme song! … There are plenty of great candidates: “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan.
But I settled on “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.

Nov 19, 2015

Dilbert-like humor (1 of 3:)
“I admit it’s fatally dangerous,” Watney said. “But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.”

Live Another Sol would be an awesome name for a James Bond movie.“

I’ll drink as needed and dump my waste outdoors. Yeah, that’s right, Mars, I’m gonna piss and shxt on you. That’s what you get for trying to kill me all the time.

Just three words? Nothing about his physical health? His equipment? His supplies?'
'You got me,' she said. 'He left a detailed status report. I just decided to lie for no reason.'

Gay probe coming to save me. Got it.

I guess NAASA figured botany and chemistry are similar because they both end in “Y.”

“Space is dangerous,” Mitch snapped. “It’s what we do here. If you want to play it safe all the time, go join an insurance company…”

As my sole means of communication with NASA, Pathfinder gets to ride on the roof, Granny Clampett style.

Jun 25, 2015

No plan survives first contact with the enemy.

May 31, 2015

"As with most of life's problems, this one can be solved by a box of pure radiation."

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Jun 28, 2015

NASA has the ability to send maned spacecraft to Mars and back, unfortunately one of the astronauts gets left behind and is mistaken for dead. Watney, now stranded on a hostile planet with limited resources attempts to make contact with NASA while faced with starvation, mechanical failure and any number of things that could kill him.

Jun 13, 2015

Very nerdy and sciency. Full of wonder. The quick humor, fast-paced action, and cool-factor made it hard to put down and completely unforgettable


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Nov 06, 2015

Coarse Language: The first word of the book is an expletive and the author doesn't shy away, though they aren't pervasive

Jun 13, 2015

Coarse Language: Profanity throughout

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