I saw The Martian in theatres and only read the book last week. Generally, in my experience, watching the movie first makes the book drag on a bit because you know what’s happening next but it takes so long to get there. Not The Martian though. The Martian is hilarious, smart, unique, and incredibly interesting.

The Martian follows Mark Watney, an astronaut that is stranded on Mars after his team thinks him dead and has to evacuate the planet. Mark has to figure out how to survive until he can get a rescue back… Basically futuristic castaway on Mars.

I know this is nothing to do with the book, but the movie casting was perfect for every character. I couldn’t help but picture Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, and all the rest. So bravo to them!

A couple things that I truly loved about this novel above everything else I liked was it’s ability to make me laugh, and spell out all the science while making me feel smart instead of dumb. Mark is a really likeable character, and the way Andy Weir was able to make him speak directly to the reader through his journal entries was fantastic… It wasn’t until much later in the book that we switch perspectives to the crew on the shuttle and NASA back on earth. Normally, switching from 1st to 3rd person as well as complately different characters complicates the hell out of books. It only serves to keep it interesting here.

I blazed through this book, and the story of how it got published is really inspiring, especially to self-published authors like myself… His second book, Artemis, didn’t really live up to this, but I’m confident he will release another masterpiece eventually.