Books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them!
This book was amazing. It was 368 pages of awesome - I left one page off because I was disappointed that we didn't actually see Mark get back to Earth. It's action packed and interesting and full of surprising humour.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, because it is full of physics, maths, botany, astrophysics, chemistry, biology - whatever science you can think of, it's packed in here. It didn't weigh the story down at all though, but rather added to Mark's characterisation.
That's another thing. I love this guy. Mark Watney is a brilliant character. He's hilarious. He's so intelligent. He's resourceful. And he never gives up. If all astronauts are like this, I need to meet them. How he survived that long alone on a planet thinking he would probably die is beyond me. I can't even read it without feeling claustrophobic and terrified.