Two Peas in a Pod (10): The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted January 14, 2017 by BAMF in Features, Reviews, Two Peas in a Pod Review // 2 Comments

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One of the features here at Books Are My Fandom is our Two Peas in a Pod Review. We will read and review a book as a team. We are choosing books we each haven’t read that sound good to us. Feel free to email us at hello@booksaremyfandom.com with your suggestions for books that Dani and Jamie should read!

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Two Peas in a Pod (10): The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir
Published by Del Rey (Random House) on August 28th 2014
ISBN: 0091956145
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 369
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The bestseller behind the major film from Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.

I’m stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.


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Dani’s Review

THIS BOOK IS AMAZEBALLS IF YOU’RE A GEEK. GO READ IT.

I almost want to leave me review as just that, as it pretty much sums up my feelings towards this book. I honestly loved it, even though I knew what was going to happen, having watched (and equally loved) the movie last August.

I actually listened to the audiobook of this, and I think it was better for it. The narrator, R.C. Bray, does SUCH and AWESOME FREAKING JOB with the narration. Watney’s personality really comes to life, with all his sarcasm and wisecracks. And, boy, does Watney have a hilarious personality. In fact, I think all of the characters have a personality, and they each have a unique voice and manner that comes out really well through Bray’s narration. Just… Well. Done. Bray.

This book is a geek’s delight. There is quite a lot of science in this, and physics was my least favourite of the three broad science subjects available at school, so I could have found it difficult to get through. But actually, there’s such a mix of physics and chemistry and biology (YAY BIOLOGY), and it was all explained in just the right amount of detail for me without getting too technical. Anything that would require a PhD was skimmed over rather nicely.

I don’t read a lot of pure adult science fiction, I’ll admit, and I think part of that is because the books I’ve tried to read have been too much science and not enough personality. THE MARTIAN stands out from what I’ve tried in that it has exactly the right balance of science and tension and character. Exquisite. Read it.

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Jamie’s Review

Trigger warning for a really off-putting use of the word “rape” to describe something that is NOT rape within the last 100 pages.

I really enjoyed this one. I’m not going to lie, I had already seen the movie (MULTIPLE TIMES) before I read the book because I love me some Seb Stan so I sort of knew what was going to happen, but I found that the book made it just as interesting the “second” time around. I liked the more nuance exposition to the science behind it all, especially the botany and fixing of the ships and stuff, and the relationships between the astronauts! I felt like some of the relationship stuff came out of left field in the movie, but it is wholly explained in the book. As well, there was just more in general. More fuck ups, more time spent doing things, just more. And I quite enjoyed that.

I thought this was a really easy to read book considering there was quite a bit of “science” and I am not a scientist. I thought that it was really easily written and explained to the Everyman in a sense. I didn’t think it was difficult to get through, but I think that listening to this would have made the process go by quicker for me. However, I feel like I would not have gotten the same experience if I had listened rather than read because I’m not sure I would have understood the science as well as I did.

I think this one really worked because of how great and strong of a character Mark was. Without his wit, candor, and humour, this would not have worked. It was the right combination, the right main character, and a horrible situation that was made into a good one. I quite enjoyed reading through Mark’s point of view, but the additional bits of information from the crew of Ares 3 and NASA really rounded this one out in a good way. It was a great cast of characters that you could root for.

Overall, this is one I would recommend if you’re looking to get into SciFi and want to read something that is actually interesting and fun, rather than something that is dry and boring (like some other SciFi novels I’ve read). I quite enjoyed the humorous aspects to it and reading about Mark Watney and his experiences on Mars almost as much as I enjoyed watching the movie. I definitely think this is a great book and one that y’all should read.

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