“On a scale from one to ‘invade Russia in winter,’ how stupid is this plan?”
First disclaimer, I haven’t read the most famous book by Andy Weir, The Martian.
Second disclaimer, I did see all the bad reviews this book has gotten.
And I must say, this was an awesome read. The bad reviews I saw were mostly about the immature, childish and annoying main character and a bit too much wielding and too much science in this sci-fi book. But, even if sometimes I would agree, for me it didn’t change anything about my impression of this book.
At around 50% I asked myself wasn’t all of this too easy, too predictable and going too fast, knowing that I had still more than 100 pages left to read. But boy, was I wrong. A few explosions, a few murders, and an incredible plot-twist happen.
The story is interesting, with a lot of turns and developed characters, especially Jazz. We know her flaws, we see her fight for what she wants and deal with difficult situations she finds herself in.
For a first-person POW, that I don’t usually like, this was an exciting, snarky and enticing story.
There is a lot of work done behind the pages, to present the reader with interesting science that you wouldn’t even doubt for a second.
Even if sometimes there are one too many stereotypes, especially about Ukranian scientists, but those stereotypes do get born somewhere.
In any case, this was an incredibly good sci-fi, with a differently constructed society.
This was a first book in a while that made me shed a tear, when you are so invested in a character, that you are surprised how selfless and deep she can be.
I recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t yet read it and I would advise keeping an open-mind while reading it.
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