By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
Six members of an exploratory mission land on Mars for a three month stay. They are advised to abort the mission soon after, as soon as NASA notices a giant sand storm heading their way. They are packing up to leave when a piece of equipment blows away, taking crewman Mark Watney with it. He is presumed lost.
Imagine NASA’s surprise when satellite imagery show changes in the Martian landscape! Now what? How do you rescue one stranded crew member on a distant planet? How do you set up communication that many light years away? Meanwhile, Watney is keeping a log; charting his days and figuring out how to survive.
This is a classic science fiction novel – no alien monsters, just a man trying to survive on Mars. The tension builds nicely and the problems Watney daces sometimes seem unsurmountable. This is Weir’s first book and I agree with all the praise being showered upon him. I do hope he will write much more.