On a rare date night over the summer, my husband and I were able to go and watch Jurassic World. It was scary, fun, and we loved it. Mostly because it was it the first movie we’d seen in the theaters together (not counting kids movies) that we’d seen since my daughter was born 5 years ago. One of my favorite things about going to the theater watching previews – and while waiting for this movie to start we saw the preview for The Martian, which I can’t wait to see. Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut that has gone Mars, he’s one of the first people ever to travel that far into space. In an unpredictable storm, the mission is aborted and the team he’s with escapes just in time. He is left behind, and that’s where the real story begins.
The movie looks really good and I can’t wait to see it. We’re hoping to get another date night this weekend to go see it. Of course I had to read the book first! I loved the it, and while reading it imagined Matt Damon as Mark Watney – who is not only a NASA astronaut, but an engineer and botanist. This makes him a perfect fit for the team that went with him to Mars, one of their primary goals was data collection and exploration. It also makes him the most likely of team to survive alone there.
That’s when the story begins. He allows himself only a short time to freak out, then begins planning for survival. Mark’s character is smart, funny, and athletic. The elements are all against him, and the odds that he will survive and somehow make it back home are incredibly rare. He devises a way to stay inside Hab, which was designed to accommodate him and his team while they were on Mars. His ultimate goal is to survive until the next team arrives, or possibly communicate with NASA back on earth. Daily survival becomes his new mission, and of course making the food rations last. Food rations that were meant for a team of 7 for up to about a month, now are his only way to stay alive.
This is an ultimate story of survival, that was thrilling and hard to put down! If he’s one of the only people ever to walk on Mars, will he be the first to die? That’s one of the book’s taglines. It’s totally fitting – and the perfect role for Damon. This is one of the most exciting books I’ve read in a while. I seriously couldn’t put it down. Now I can’t wait to see the movie – which we plan on doing this weekend. Hoping that it’s better than Gravity, although that’s not hard to do!
Have you read the book? Seen the movie?