This was a great read, but not at all on par to READY PLAYER ONE by the same author. (If you haven;t read that yet, what are you waiting for). This book is a bit of a genius story though--generations of people raised on video games and science fiction tales were actually being trained for an inter-galactic war. I love that! I love that everything people experience they can relate to a movie or tv show they watched or book they read or a game they played. It is so much more satisfying that these things are real life (unlike the Walking Dead--how many words for zombies do they have that isn't "zombie"?). I enjoyed this book, didn't read it near as fast as I did Ready Player One, and didn't love how neatly thing tied up in the end. It will make a great movie someday!
I was not at all interested in reading THE MARTIAN until I saw the trailer for the movie. That caught my interest and luckily I was able to get a copy from my library that day. This was a fantastic read, a little slow when it was just Mark's log on Mars, but once NASA figured out Mark was alive this book just flew. I can't wait for the movie. The tension during some of the scenes in the book was so strong that I know seeing it on screen with totally stress me out. Luckily I know how it all ends so watching it all will be a little easier for me! Great story. If you love science or survival stories, read this book.