You do pretty much have to be a geek for this one, but I thought it was a lot of fun. This was the second time around for me, and I remember having really low expectations the first time I read it because it seemed incredible (as in I couldn’t believe it possible) that Andy Weir would be able to write a semi-plausible narrative of survival on Mars (seriously, that planet would be actively trying to kill you). But he did, and it works while being rather funny at the same time (especially some of the “paraphrased” conversations with NASA and other legal musings). I’m even bumping up my rating this time around.
Strongly recommended for space geeks. You know who you are.
(Yes, there are still flaws with the some of the science, but nothing drove me up the wall.)
I’m counting this as the “Adapted for the big screen” square for the Summer Book Bingo. Only one square to go!