A 15-minute Summary & Analysis of Andy Weir’s The Martian by Instareads is an excellent review of the novel that tells the story of the abandonment and subsequent rescue of astronaut Mark Watney from the planet Mars.
Watney, believed killed in a freak Martian dust storm, was left behind by the rest of his crew. Later, it is discovered that he survived and has found a way to communicate with NASA. The story is both a science fiction thriller and a profound tale of human perseverance in the face of adversity. The author tells the story by way of Watney’s log, which he keeps as a record in case he dies on Mars. It contrasts bureaucrats who assess risks and keep an eye on the bottom line with those who are willing to risk all in order to save a comrade.
If you’ve seen the movie you owe it to yourself to read the book that inspired it. If you’re in doubt about it, read this great summary and I can promise you, you’ll change your mind.
A solid five-star summary.