Welcome to Week 1 of the Online Book Club for July. This month, we’ll be reading The Martian, by Andy Weir.
The Online Book Club, in case you’ve never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book, and you can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving a comment in the comments section. Make sure you check back each week and see what new topics we’re talking about.
The Martian is a different type of book than what we have read in previous months. Mark Watney, the protagonist, is an astronaut who ends up getting stranded on Mars after his crew endures a horrible wind storm. The crew leaves, thinking that Mark is dead, but he survives. The book centers on his efforts to make food and stay safe, and the efforts of NASA as they try to figure out a way to send another shuttle to Mars to do a rescue mission.
I hope you give this book a chance—it has a lot of science, but it is still really interesting to read. It kind of reminds me of some of my favorite childhood books like Hatchet or The Sign of the Beaver in that the protagonist has to do extreme things and be really creative in order to survive.
If you’re still on the fence about joining us this month, watch the movie trailer. It’s pretty intense!
I hope you’ll join us this month. We’ll be discussing the first nine chapters starting July 10.
Talk to you next week!