Book Review: The Martian

the martian book review

Angela chooses a slightly different read for her holiday.

Usually, I try very hard to choose holiday reading that complements my destination. For example, I read “A Room With A View” years ago in Florence, imagining myself wafting about Santa Croce like Lucy Honeychurch, and “Ring Of Bright Water” on a previous stay on Skye.

This time, my holiday reading included “The Martian” by Andy Weir, which turned out to be not nearly as incongruous as it sounds for a week in the Hebrides.

This title was the latest pick for the book club I’m a member of, and it was supposed to fall into the sci-fi genre. I’d have to disagree with that; in my opinion, it’s a thriller set in space sooner than science fiction. But it’s a cracking page turner of a thriller, with plenty of twists and turns and a really engaging main character (though if you’re easily offended by occasional bad language, this isn’t the book for you). I enjoyed it tremendously.

Perfectly appropriate for Skye

And why was it so unexpectedly appropriate for reading on Skye? Well, with a bit of imagination, those wild landscapes of Scotland’s islands don’t seem that distant from Martian deserts. And being in such a remote place chimed, in a very small way, with the utter desolation Mark feels at being all alone on Mars. Also, the over reliance on one crop – potatoes – and the devastation that ensues when the crop fails, is another point of commonality in Skye’s past and Mark’s present. Martian potatoes, you’re wondering – what’s that all about? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.

All of which proves that, sometimes, you find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places!


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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.