Author: Andy Weir
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?
I cannot express how much I truly loved this book. I would say it was my favorite this year, but considering it's only February, that is setting myself up for a year of shitty reading that couldn't compare. Oddly enough I was given this book as a present on a first date (awesome, right?), and I started reading it that night. It started off for me as a book I heard was highly recommended and I wanted to read it before I saw the movie (which now I'm not sure I want to see). It ended up being amazing though!
Yes, sure, there was a lot of technical science talk, but the humor amidst it more than made up for parts I didn't understand. I think I would have actually been satisfied if the only point of view the entire book was from Mark, but I did enjoy seeing NASA scramble in the aftermath.
So basically I'm recommending this book to absolutely anyone I can think of who reads and hasn't read it yet. I've already converted a few people. Even if you don't normally like science fiction (like me) you should read this!