In this book, an astronaut is abandoned on Mars by his crew, who left him for dead. He wasn’t dead like they thought, and the book is about his survival on the moon. This book has received good reviews from scientists who say that the author’s science is sound. I’m not a scientist, but I can say that the book is full of science and math. Almost too much. My eyes would begin to glaze over and my mind would want to skip ahead to “the good parts” when these scientific explanations would get too lengthy.
I felt that the main character needed some more human elements in order to flesh out the character and relate to him. The saving grace was his humor here and there throughout. That’s the only thing that didn’t make this basically a textbook-like read. I felt it could use more of this. More emotional elements to make the character come to life. We know that he was hungry and tired of potatoes, but there wasn’t any focus on this as far as him feeling weak or lacking strength. There also wasn’t anything to suggest he was worried about family back home or missing anybody.
Visually, I thought the author did a great job. I could easily visualize the scenes in my head. I can’t wait to see the movie. Overall, I give this a 4 star rating.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for posting an honest review.