Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

This is a superb riveting read of the story of a lone man on a foreign planet. Couldn’t put it down from the get go. I know crap about space, science and Mars, but that didn’t stop me from going ballistic with the compelling narrative. It is very technical but full of geekery fun. If I want to listen to the science of space, I want Mark Watney to teach me. The author, Andy Weir’s attention to details is astounding. I feel like I have been schooled by NASA and am ready for a mission to Mars. The narrative is told through log entries but it is never boring because I love the prose which is full of deprecating humour.

All through the narrative I find a lot of comfort in not just Watney’s tenacity to survive and how he problem-solves his way to survive another day, but also in the entire NASA team which worked round the clock to bring one man back. Before you start to think that is rubbish, I have noticed that all through history people of any race or creed, rich or poor, will come together to help another in times of crisis. We are born and created in that way. In that sense, the story sent a cheer to my heart and reaffirms what I feel about the true hearts of man.