1. The Martian by Andy Weir.
A modern day castaway story where astronaut Mark Watney quickly goes from one of the first people to land on Mars to the first person to be stranded there. With dwindling supplies and his crew headed back to Earth believing him to be dead, Watney is alone in a hostile landscape. Watney finds himself in a fight for survival that will test the limits of human ingenuity and the will to survive.
This is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in a long time. I was on vacation when I first read it and was literally bringing it down to the breakfast table with me because I just couldn’t put it down. I love a good space opera, but I get really excited when I read a science fiction book that uses sound scientific concepts, and this one certainly does that (don’t let that scare you away, though, the science is always written in a very interesting and accessible way). I was skeptical about the prospect of this book being adapted into a movie, but after seeing the trailers I think it could be interesting. I guess we’ll just have to wait until October to see how it turns out.
“I admit it’s fatally dangerous,” Watney said. “But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.”
“We’ll keep working on ideas,” Lewis said.
“Iron Man, Commander. Iron Man.”