Andy Weir’s first novel, The Martian, has gotten a lot of attention lately, mostly because it’s nerve-wrackingly realistic. It’s about a man living in an environment that’s trying to kill him every second of his existence. And that’s on the good days, when his own mistakes don’t make things worse.
It’s very well-written, and it’s not a fluffy, easy read. It shows what a human would have to do to survive on the surface of Mars for years, when his air and food were only meant to last months. There’s a lot of math involved.
I saw a few eyes glaze over at that last sentence, but you have to trust me; if you’re not a math person you’ll still enjoy the book because Weir explains everything so clearly, even the complex chemistry. Plus his main character is likeable, interesting, and pretty hilarious. It’s worth getting through some of the trickier sections.
(Seriously you guys: lots of math.)