Mark Watney has the biggest engineering problem to solve. He’s stranded on Mars, with no way to communicate with earth, in a habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, he’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, he’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, he’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, he’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So things are looking a bit grim, luckily it’s not in his nature to give up. There are no aliens who swoop in to save the day (sorry if that is a plot spoiler) or magic fixes to the many obstacles Watney faces just lots of problem solving and science and gaffer tape (!) A courageous and adventurous story filled with pop-culture references and humour.