The main character’s ability to solve life and death problems, like how to make a year’s worth of rations last four years when you’re stranded alone on Mars after your crew leave you behind having mistakenly left you for dead, has made this book an international best seller. But Mark Watney never gives up, despite the constant lonely battle to survive.
Readers can expect humour alongside what is purportedly scientifically correct details that don’t require a degree to understand, yet are sufficiently detailed to satisfy knowledgeable readers.
The life and death element means the book has earned a reputation for being a real page turner.
Parents and the easily offended should be aware that there is quite a bit of swearing. Mark is unintentionally alone on an uninhabitable planet and during the book there are many life threatening situations that would probably elicit an impolite word from even the most saintly of people. Therefore the book is liberally spread with swear words, especially the F word, which features in the first sentence on the first page. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The Martian was adapted into a feature length film in 2015 directed by Ridley Scott staring Matt Damon that is just like the book. You can watch the trailer on our film page, however note that if you haven’t read the book, the trailer does contain a few spoilers.