Jun 20, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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For June, we'll be reading The Martian by Andy Weir. This is a recent sci-fi book about one man trying to survive on Mars after being left by the rest of his crew assumed he was dead.
"Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.
It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"
Join us for fun conversation, even if you don't finish the book (though of course, it's easier to join in if you do). Be sure to bring future book suggestions. The book after this will be fantasy, but we always add things people are interested in to our discussion page for future reference.
Book club meetings are held at my house, where I live with two 1 year olds and two cats. If this would prevent you from coming, please reach out to me so we can try to find a different location.