Being left for dead on Mars is only the first challenge that Mark Watney faces in The Martian by Andy Weir. He needs water … he needs food … and he needs a way to contact Earth if he wants to keep even the slimmest hope of rescue alive. And speaking of alive: just think how his crew, and especially his commander, feel when they realize that they mistakenly abandoned one of their own! The Martian won an 2015 Alex Award, which is given annually to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adult readers. And it’s easy to see why The Martian was a winner. It’s equal parts science, survival, sarcasm, and suspense. The final twenty pages are literally heart-stopping! Here’s a preview for the movie version of The Martian, coming this October:
You do not have to be a science fiction fan to gravitate to this novel from self-proclaimed “space nerd” Andy Weir. It’s a book that everyone will love, so beat the space race and check it out from the library on the first day of school!