October 21

The Martian by Andy Weir – Guest review by Sebastian aged 12

“I guess you could call it a “failure”, but I prefer the term “learning experience.”

Sol 23:

Today I read The Martian. Not all of it, but enough of it to read it all throughout the day and into the night. I promised to myself “After this chapter, no actually, after this one, no, I can do one more” but, I just couldn’t stop. There were twists and turns everywhere. The Martian is a science fiction book, but you can learn a lot of very interesting facts about space travel and the planet Mars.

The Martian was set in a real area of Mars called Schiaparelli. When astronauts from the mission Ares 3 blast off Mars, they leave fellow astronaut Mark Watney behind, presuming he has been killed in a violent storm at the Ares 3 base. Watney is blasted back to their research base (The Hab). With only a months supplies left, and the next mission to come to Mars is in a year, he is screwed. The book depicts Watney’s struggle to survive on Mars solo, with no help. Lucky for him, he probably won’t die of starvation. Damaged equipment, a relentless environment, or human error will be likely to catch him first

The Martian will teach you the benefits of having perseverance and being resourceful. In case you would rather not have explicit language, there is a Young Readers Edition, which is classroom appropriate. The Martian is a New York Times bestseller and has received many awards for it’s literary brilliance. The Martian is essential reading for all aspiring astronauts and those looking for science fiction and drama. Andy Weir has gone to infinity and beyond with The Martian, creating a book without fault.

Houston, we don’t have a problem.