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The Martian

The Martian

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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 with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--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. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Author: Andy Weir
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 10/28/2014
Pages: 416
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 7.95h x 5.20w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780553418026

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.4
Point Value: 16
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 174189 / Martian

Award: Green Mountain Book Award - Nominee

About the Author
Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.

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