*Taking a break from my tag week to tell you how great The Martian is!*
(and rambling on about how I don’t usually read Sci Fi)
Now this was a fabulous book. All the way through, I just kept thinking “YES!” It was fist pumpingly good. Honestly, even with all the rave reviews, I had not expected it to be as good as it was.
That’s probably due to the fact that it’s Sci Fi and therefore not something I usually read. But I was glad I gave it a chance. And, since my brain is not attuned to Sci Fi at all, all the twists and turns the plot took were delightfully unexpected. But these plot twists weren’t just surprising- they were also heart-warming insights into the nature of shared humanity and human endurance. Which was a beautiful. And I definitely had not expected that.
On top of all that- it was funny as well. The characters really shone through with the humour. In terms of the writing, I thought it was pretty solid. The only thing is, not being a massive Sci Fi nerd, I found myself skimming quite a bit of the super-sciencey bits. Although, even as a layman, I was entertained for huge parts of it, so I can’t criticise it too much for that.
Since I’m not familiar with the genre, there’s not much I can say about how it measures up in comparison to others like it, but I can tell you from a complete layman’s perspective that this is well worth reading. In fact, it reached for the stars, so I feel a bit funny awarding it bananas. Sorry I have no good puns for this, I’m all spaced out. (Did I mention I don’t read Sci Fi? Just kidding!)
Rating: 4½/5 bananas
How about you? Are you an expert than can give a more insightful interpretation?
Or are you a layman like me, but somehow swept up in this phenomenal book?
Let me know in the comments below!