I read this book when it was re-released in 2014. I was hooked from the first expletive-filled sentence. The book follows astronaut Mark Watney, who becomes stranded alone on Mars in 2035. This is a realistic sci-fi book in that Weir actually explains through Watney’s actions how a smart and tenacious person can survive on an unforgiving planet. It’s highly technical, well-researched, fascinating read. The 2015 film starring Matt Damon is one of those times when the movie doesn’t disappoint readers.