I absolutely loved The Martian. After reading countless five star reviews I knew that I had to give the book a shot even if it wasn't my preferred genre, and what I was left with was one of the most compelling novels I've read in a long time.
The Martian follows Mark Whatney an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after a failed mission. The novel follows his quest for survival on the red planet and what a quest it turns out to be. The book starts out quick and doesn't let off the gas until the end. This is one of those novels that I wanted more of even when I wasn't reading it. It consumed me for the week or so that it lasted and in all honesty I wouldn't mind re-reading it today.
I just loved this book. It had an incredible pace and had enough ups and downs and surprises to keep me at the edge of my seat. But most of all I loved Whatney as a character, he wasn't a super hero (even if he wanted to think he was) but he came up with crazy ways to stay alive. Oh and the book is heavy on science which most of the time I wouldn't have loved but for some reason it really worked here. Please read this book its incredible.