Had a blast with my Bubby, his wife and my Hubbin this weekend, which included watching the phenomenal movie The Martian...based on the book The Martian by Andy Weir. My Hubbin asked me try and hold off on reading the book before watching the movie 'cause I have a bad habit of being "that person" during the movie who compares it to the book the whole time...I tried...I really tried, but we had a long distance transfer at work which resulted in a long trip home...and the book was there...As always SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! (for the book and movie)
Pathfinder and uses it to communicate with NASA. They work together on several plans starting with a rushed probe to get him supplies. This goes very wrong when certain variables are not accounted for. Watney continues on his own with various plans, mishaps and revamping when things don't go his way...turns out he is a savvy botanist. All hope seems lost when the Chinese reveal they have a probe that they are willing to donate to the cause in exchange for a spot on the next Mars expedition. NASA plans on using this to send more food to Watney. Meanwhile a kid named Rich Purnell figures that using the right calculations they can use the probe to resupply the Hermes the ship that the rest of Watney's crew is on and send them back to pick him up. The problem is they only have one probe and must choose which plan to go with. NASA director chooses the "safer" option of sending Watney food, only to be foiled when an anonymous person sends the plan to the crew of the Hermes who execute it without permission. With no other option they go for the rescue plan and head back to Mars to pick up their missing crewman. Back on Mars, Watney has overcome all kinds of stuff to finally get to the landing site where he is told how to strip pretty much everything off of the ascent vehicle. After a couple of harrowing maneuvers the crew of the Hermes get their man back. And that is the basic story.
Curiosity Rover T-shirt so this book spoke to that very much. I loved the tone of this book, I loved the world, I loved the characters, I just really enjoyed this book. I also LOVED the movie...not quit as much as the book of course, but it was still awesome. It followed the book fairly well, and with out a doubt, kept the flavor and spirit of the book. I would recommend this book to just about anybody with any interest in well, pretty much anybody. With the exception of some gloriously placed swear words, this book is even suitable for the slightly younger crowd. I give this book 8 out of 10 Pootatos and wish I had the patience to put in all of the awesome little sayings and quotes that make me smile and laugh out loud. GO READ THIS BOOK! Happy Reading Everybody!