Before seeing the movie, ‘The Martian’ worth a read

By: Mercede Kraabel

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be on Mars? Can people live on Mars? What would it be like? Well, in the book “The Martian,” you will find out. It may be fiction, but to me it felt like I was there on Mars with Mark Watney.

Watney, the main character in the book, is an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and has to find a way to talk to NASA and survive.

The author, Andy Weir, first put the book on his website, one chapter at a time. Then since so many people liked it, he made an Amazon Kindle version of the book at the lowest price, 99 cents. In three months, more than 35,000 copies had been sold.

After that, Crown (a publishing company) bought the print rights. In 2014, it appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list in the hardcover fiction category at the 12th position. Now on Oct. 2, 2015, it was released into theaters as a movie starring Matt Damon.

“The Martian” is the best survival book (with some humor in it) I’ve read all year. I couldn’t put the book down once I started to read it. I loved all the characters. In the book, it is told from the point of view of Mark, the people at NASA and a little bit of Mark’s crew. With the different points of view from so many people, it made the book seem more real.

I could really picture the story in my head. In the front of the book there is a map that points out where Mark is and where he has to go. If you read the book and then look at the map, the map will make a lot more sense.

If you are looking for a great survival (with some humor), then this is the book for you.

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