I always figure it’s best to read the book before seeing the movie, but this is one case in which I may be wrong. Andy Weir’s The Martian was written for film. It’s an action-packed story which has a likeable character, but little emotion or character development.
Left behind and assumed dead by his crew on Mars, Mark Watney must find a way to survive and thrive on this barren planet until the next shuttle crew is due to survive. It’s an extraordinary story of cleverness and survival – Mars is literally always trying to kill this guy. In a tremendous display of resourcefulness, Watney manages to… well, I don’t want to give away the ending.
I prefer something with a little more emotion, although it is easy to invest in Watney’s story and the hope hat he can somehow make it home. This is probably an ideal book for resistant readers – especially boys. There is plenty to keep them interested, and it would be difficult to find any part of this boring.