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The Martian

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Author: Andy Weir

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Brilliant . . . a celebration of human ingenuity and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years . . . utterly compelling."--The Wall Street Journal

The inspiration for the major motion picture

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?


"A hugely entertaining novel that] reads like a rocket ship afire . . . Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny, and resourceful characters in recent fiction."--Chicago Tribune

"As gripping as they come . . . You'll be rooting for Watney the whole way, groaning at every setback and laughing at his pitchblack humor. Utterly nail-biting and memorable."--Financial Times

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 02/11/2014
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.28lbs
Size: 9.26h x 6.38w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780804139021

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.4
Point Value: 16
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 174189 / Martian

Award: John W. Campbell Memorial Award - Finalist
Award: Alex Awards - Winner
Award: Indies Choice Book Awards - Winner
Award: Thriller Awards - Finalist

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 09/15/2013 pg. 48
Publishers Weekly 11/25/2013
Booklist 12/01/2013 pg. 35
Library Journal 12/01/2013 pg. 80
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2013
Entertainment Weekly 02/14/2014 pg. 68
Entertainment Weekly 03/07/2014 pg. 71
Asimov's Science Fiction 10/01/2014 pg. 183
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/03/2014 pg. 33
Kirkus Best Fiction 11/15/2014 pg. 51
LJ Best Books of Year 12/01/2014 pg. 31
SLJ Best Adult Bks 4 Teens 12/01/2014 pg. 32
Library Journal 09/15/2013

About the Author
Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.

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