My rating: 5 of 5 stars
1) My second 5 star read of the year! Woohoo!! But at book 20 that’s saying something …
2) My first ever Sci-Fi 5 star read! I never ever thought I would type a sentence where Sci-Fi and 5 star are so close together. But here we are.
I am NOT a fan of Science Fiction, whether in books or on TV. Like, I-haven’t-seen-a-single-Star-Wars-film not a fan. Before this the only time I tried reading something science-y was What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions and it was a hard 1 star read. I skimmed so hard through most of it, it would have been more accurate to shelve it in my dnf shelf.
But The Martian is really interesting. Just before I started reading it I noted that with its really high rating of 4.4 it would go either way – I would either fucking love it or fucking hate it. And I fucking loved it!!! I may not have understood what was happening 30-40% of the time but my love for, and interest in, Mark Watney more than made up for it.
Watney is one of the best literary characters I have ever come across. For some reason 99% of my favourite literary characters are female, so Watney being male definitely stands out. His sense of humuor is the kind that would land an average looking guy (dare I say a botanist) a Victoria’s Secret Angel. I was literally laughing out loud so damn much for most of the book! I remember trying to reign it in at the salon without much luck. Actually a lot of characters in the book are hilarious AF but Watney was my favourite. His humour, resilience, intellect, positivity and determination made me fall so hard for him. Another book-boyfriend added to the list! The final chapter had me tense with anxiety as I could not wait to see how the rescue concluded.
Now to watch the movie!
** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing