A while back while I was at the movie theater, I saw the trailer for this book turned movie. I demanded to my husband right then and there that I must read that book before we watch the film. He laughed because I usually say that about all the books turned into movies. The Hunger Games and Gone Girl were one of the only series’ that I actually did it for though. I’m usually the person who watches a movie then decides that I should read the book. I like to think that happens because I did not know that the film was a novel first, but I cannot claim that for all of them.
This one was easy since the film has not hit theaters yet. I decided since it was affordable through my Google Play money earned through the free opinions app that I would buy it as an eBook. It was and probably will be for a long time the only eBook I have ever purchased and read completely on my phone. The only other eBook I have read was the Warm Bodies prequel, The Hunger, and that was because it was not available in the US as anything else at the time, but I did end up purchasing the physical novella when I could get it from a UK site.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had thrills and mystery and humor. I never knew what would happen to the main character any more than he did it seemed. Mark Watney’s personality makes the book superb. I would recommend this book to anyone anywhere. As I said in my GoodReads review, “This book kept my attention and carefully toed the line between technical and laymens terms. This is a wonderful representation of the modern-day realistic sci-fi genre.”
One of the great things I love about this book is the fact that a person would not have to be a lover of the sci-fi genre to enjoy this. It is a great balance of suspense and personality. As previously stated, I would definitely recommend this book. 5 stars.
- Feel differently about the book? Why?
- What’s another book you feel embodies modern science fiction?
- If you have read it, do you want to be friends with Mark Watney (I do!)?
Edit: After seeing the film, the book was way better. They left out a few of my favorite scenes and played down the serious science stuff. 😦 I also fell down the stairs of the movie theater as I was leaving. Still nursing a nasty bruise from it on my leg but otherwise fine.