Every minute, scientists are getting closer to coming up with solutions for colonizing Mars. In The Martian, there is a main character named Mark Watney. He ends up getting trapped on Mars because he was on a mission, and the rest of the people on the mission left him to go to Earth. After a while, Mark realizes that nobody on Earth knows he’s still alive and that he might not be able to survive on Mars. One of the major themes of this book is problem-solving. Throughout the story line, Mark has to make some decisions that result in life or death situation. This book is very interesting because it is filled with lots of suspense, humor, and hints about author Andy Weir’s life all tied in throughout the story.
Andy Weir has a really exciting life story! He was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since (Andy Weir About). As well as being programmer and an…show more content… An example of this is when, at the beginning of the book, Mark is in a massive storm and his suit has gotten punctured. “...the copious blood from my wound trickled down toward the hole. ...the water in it quickly evaporated from the airflow and low pressure, leaving a gunky residue” (Weir 5). This really adds suspense, leaving readers wanting to know what will happen next. Another example of suspense in the novel is when Mark is trying to find a new suit because his old one has a leak in it: “If I run out of time before finding a suit, I’ll just run to the rover [explain what a rover is]. I’ll be in trouble, but I’ll have time to think and materials to work with. Deep breath . . . here we go!” (Weir 167). Type lead-out here. By using the ellipsis in this quote, a suspenseful, dramatic, effect is brought to place. In The Martian, Weir uses suspense to bring a dramatic element so that readers want to keep