I was put on this earth to read a certain number of books. I am now so far behind I will never die.
This is a survival story, albeit one set on Mars when astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally abandoned by his crew after a dust storm. It's a lot like a feel-good disaster movie with a lot of life-threatening setbacks, plucky can-do spirit and ingenuity, and drama as the main character struggles to survive in the harsh Martian landscape and the whole world tries to rescue him. It could have been extremely cheesy, but it works and I found it very engrossing. It helps that the book is about space exploration, a subject very close to my heart. I also have to give the author a lot of credit for the science. He really put a lot of thought into how someone might survive on Mars.