This week’s staff pick has been making the rounds around the staff, and everyone who’s picked it up has loved it. This is a building-wide staff pick, and in November it’ll be a movie starring Matt Damon. The premise is that an astronaut finds himself stranded on Mars, with no rescue in sight for years. Compulsively readable, Mark Watney is funny, determined, and brilliant. You’ll be rooting for him from page 1. This is a fast read (you won’t want to put it down), and every staff member who’s read this encourages you to go pick this up and read it now. Like, right now. Hurry up and place your hold!
It should be noted that there is a lot of science in the book (there would have to be to survive), but it’s broken down into easily understood language, and doesn’t slow down the plot. A couple engineers have read this, and say it checks out.
“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 & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& 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—& 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?”–Taken from Goodreads.com