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ISBN: 0553418025

ISBN13: 9780553418026

The Martian

(Book #1 in the The Martian Series)

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Book Overview

Selected for common reading at North Lake College

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

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...

Customer Reviews

8 ratings

This review is more about the condition I got the book in, vs the actual book itself.

This was my first time ordering a "very good" condition book,'s not what I was expecting. The hardcover was dirty and scratched, pages bent, and the dust cover was mangled and barely hung on. I was a little irritated, and thinking a refund or return was just not worth the time and effort it would take, I tossed the book and immediate paid for a brand new one on Amazon. Other books in the same order with "very good" conditions were a a lot better and less damaged and dirty, those, I kept.


It came as expected. Thrifbooks is my new hobby

The condition wasn't good.

I love this book. I think it's a great story. But the condition was listed as good. I'd say what I got was acceptable. Outside looks rough. And the edge of the pages look like the book was stepped on. Idk why books are shipped in bags. The pages of this were all bent and folded over.

Read This Whole Book In Two Days

Enjoyed the read and after watching the movie, was pleased how close the two were. There are some nuances the book offers that was more enjoyable, but both are really good. Pacing is fast on the book and easy to burn through once you start. Book came without dust jacket. That was disappointing, but overall still a good purchase.


A bit too heavy on the science part of science fiction. I couldn't get past the first 30ish pages. Seemed like it was just potato math for the first bit..Just not my type of book I guess.

Loved it!

I like how this is written in diary/log format. Not going to give spoilers but everyone should buy this book! I could not put it down! ❤❤❤❤❤

This is a well-written, carefully plotted castaway-type book. Excellent in all respects. I started it in the morning, and finished it the same day because it was that good. Get this- you won't regret it.

Great Book!

I am a high school science teacher and I loved this book. We are currently watching the movie in class and discussing the science behind Watney's struggle to survive on Mars. If you aren't science inclined, it is still a really great story of survival and problem-solving. The main character is funny and easy to relate to. My students have asked to borrow the book after watching the movie, which is a testament to just how engrossing the story is.

The Martian Mentions in Our Blog

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 01, 2024

It's time for our annual roundup of the best books from the previous year. The full list of titles we chose span the full range of genres and categories. But for all you speculative fiction junkies, here are the nineteen sci-fi & fantasy reads that made the cut.

The Martian in What Books Should Aries Read? Book Recommendations for Aries
What Books Should Aries Read? Book Recommendations for Aries
Published by ThriftBooks Team • April 10, 2022

Aries are relentlessly strong and self-reliant. They’re also avid readers, and ThriftBooks has the perfect book recommendation that embodies the Aries spirit.

The Martian in Get Free Books for Your Book Club With ShareBookLove
Get Free Books for Your Book Club With ShareBookLove
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 28, 2021

A book club that saves together, stays together! You may already be a part of our ReadingRewards program, but did you know that by inviting your friends (or book club members) to join the program, everyone earns free book credits. Read on to learn more about how it works.

The Martian in 13 Book Releases We're Excited About This Month
13 Book Releases We're Excited About This Month
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • May 03, 2021

Our TBR collections just keep growing, but that doesn't stop us from browsing (and buying!) new books! Here are thirteen May releases that we can't wait to pick up, along with suggestions for books you can read right away.

The Martian in 10x10: The Best Books of the Decade
10x10: The Best Books of the Decade
Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • December 20, 2019

Here's our fourth installment for the best books of the past decade. Each week for five weeks, we are presenting top ten lists of the best books of the past decade in two different genres. A total of ten lists of ten: 10 x 10 equals 100! This week's lists are SciFi/Fantasy and Thriller/Mystery. Here are our picks for the top ten of each.

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