While the summer reading assignments might seem tiresome, the most recent summer book assigned to Carlmont students proves to be interesting and thought-provoking.
The Martian by Andy Weir is a Science-Fiction story about an astronaut named Mark Watney. Watney survives a storm, and as a result he is stranded on Mars. Meanwhile, his crewmates are already in space, mourning his presumed death. In this unfortunate, and possibly fatal, turn of events, Watney struggles to stay alive by himself with limited time and resources until a rescue can possibly be arranged.
Weir’s novel proves to be engaging in multiple ways. The book takes place in 2035, only 17 years into the future, which makes the story feel more realistic and less science-fictional.
Furthermore, Watney’s optimistic and casual tone allow the readers to relate to him while putting a humorous twist on a serious and rather unfathomable situation. The science-fiction genre of the novel allows a diverse interest group to enjoy in the story.
Weir also introduces the perspectives of both NASA and Watney’s crew. The diversity of the points of view not only enhances the writing by keeping the reader’s mind on rotation but makes the ending more suspenseful because the possible yet risky resolution is seen from all sides.