Overview (no spoilers): Wier does a masterful job navigating the reader through this heavily scientific, technical material, while managing to not lose the reader’s interest. The main character, Mark Watney is a bit rough around the edges, thereby not emulating the polished, professional character typically expected from an astronaut. Throughout the book, Watney has to overcome various obstacles and crises, creating an ‘edge of your seat’ suspense, which keeps readers hooked. Despite the seemingly impossible situations, Watney’s dialogue offers refreshing humor to counteract the gloom and doom of his condition. Overall, The Martian was a refreshing, unique enjoyable novel that readers will love diving into. You won’t be disappointed!