The Martian by Andy Weir |Â Published 2014
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that heâ€™s aliveâ€”and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet.Â Armed with nothing but is ingenuity and his engineering skills – and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greates source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow fod and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on earth.”Â – excerpt from The Martian book jacket.Â