Described as Apollo 13 meets Castaway, it’s more like Apollo 13 meets Scrapyard Challenge and Top Gear.
This is way out of my normal genres, but Apollo 13 is one of my favourite films, so I was willing to give it a whirl.
The story is a simple one, an astronaut left on Mars by accident has to survive using his ingenuity and the remaining equipment.
Mark Watney, the abandoned astronaut, is both humourous and human. His human frailties and mental strength are portrayed very well and the tension holds up throughout as some ideas go to plan and some go awry. Apparently Matt Damon has now been cast in the film role.
My main criticism would be that some of the prose is too tech heavy, and I must admit that whilst I could follow the tech talk up to a point but I found it inaccessible at times.
That being said the book is a great read and holds the tension just when you expect it to flag