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Here is a wonderful review of the popular sci-fi book The Martian from 2011, by 13 year old young reader Amogh. The book was adapted into a movie too.
13 year old Amogh D A goes to Evergreen Middle School, Redmond, Washington.
Book- The Martian
Author- Andy Weir
I was pretty curious about the book when I saw the cover page because there was a man in a spacesuit with sand floating all around him.
I got the book from a library near my house. And I got it because I wanted to find out how Mark Watney survived on Mars.
The Martian is a science fiction novel written by Andy Weir. This book was released in 2011 and it almost seems believable. The book is 385 pages long.
The story plot is based in 2035, when the crew of NASA’s Ares 3 mission have arrived on Mars to stay for a month and discover new vital information about Mars. But after six sols (a day on Mars) an intense dust and windstorm arrives and is a threat to the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV). And because of this, the crew is forced to evacuate and in the hurried evacuation, an antenna pole breaks and pierces Mark Watney. Due to this, Mark’s radio stops working. That means he has no sort of communication with his crew members.
This is a big problem because he was blown out of sight by the storm and was presumed dead. Because the storm is threatening the MAV more than ever, Commander Lewis decides to take off without completing the search for Mark Watney. However, Mark Watney is not dead. He is stranded alone on Mars. And he does not even have a radio. This means he has no sort of communication with his crew or NASA. Is there any chance for this lone astronaut to make it back to earth safely?
They start to execute it when they encounter their first and only problem. The rocket was moving too fast. Due to this they would miss Mark Watney. And to fix this they had to blast an airlock to make it move slower. To know what happens next, read the book.
There is a movie based on this book. It is, as you may have guessed, the title of the book, ‘The Martian’. I have watched the movie but I like the book more because the book explains every one of Mark’s decisions in a more structured manner and gives better clarity. The movie also doesn’t show all the parts that are there in the book.
The main character of the book is an American astronaut, Mark Watney, who gets stranded on Mars, alone, and must improvise in order to face and survive every challenge that comes his way. He has to do everything on his own. He has a very less quantity of food, so he decides to grow potatoes on the Martian soil. He also burns hydrazine to make water for the plants. Mark doesn’t give up and starts to think about ways he could get rescued. And the most efficient one was to go to the Ares 4 landing site.
My favorite part of the book was when Mark Watney set up the Pathfinder and had a stable connection with Earth. This gave the story a twist because Mark not only had a connection with NASA but everybody on Earth. But that doesn’t mean he can be easily rescued. After a sequence of events that need to fall in place, he gets in contact with NASA. NASA appreciates his intelligence so far. They decide to send him a care package with food, water and other supplies but the rocket with all the supplies explodes. Later, the only idea NASA has it let the Ares 3 crew know that Mark is alive and ask Ares 3 crew to go back to Mars orbit and pick him up. The Ares 3 crew is ecstatic to know that Mark is alive and accept the plan. They start to execute it when they encounter their first and only problem. The rocket was moving too fast. Due to this, they would miss Mark Watney. And to fix this they had to blast an airlock to make it move slower. To know what happens next, read the book.
I would recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars