The Martian has taken the literary world by storm. It has become such a hit that the movie based off the novel will be released in November of this year. While you're waiting for your copy of the Martian to come in, why not give one of these titles a try.
The Martian by Andy Weir
A team of six astronauts is in the beginning stages of their mission on Mars when a dust storm unexpectedly interrupts their work on the surface of the Red Planet. Three of the astronauts see Mark Whatney hit by debris and assume he is dead. They can’t recover his body and save themselves so they leave him on Mars while they make the long journey back to Earth. Unfortunately for Mark, he was only knocked unconscious and now has to figure out a way to survive on the unforgiving planet for four more years until the next mission is scheduled to arrive. Told mostly through diary entries written by Mark, this science fiction (emphasis on science) novel is funny, suspenseful and fast-paced. Weir is able to explain highly technical and complex processes in language that novices can understand and keep up with. This is the ultimate novel about survival in harsh and lonely conditions.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Robert Neville is the last man-living man that is, on Earth. An incurable plague that somehow Robert is immune to, has taken over the planet and turned every human into a vampire. Robert spends his days in hiding and his nights hunting down the non-living. He teeters on the edge of sanity as he grapples with the meaning of life and survival when he is the only one of his species left. A stressful and intense short story, I Am Legend is an essential story of survival and a testament the human drive to survive.
Twenty Thousand League Under the Sea by Jules Verne
French naturalist Dr. Aronnax begins an expedition to hunt down a sea monster but upon discovering the Nautilus- a futuristic submarine, he becomes of prisoner of its creator, Captain Nemo. Together Dr. Arronax and Captain Nemo explore the majesties of the ocean. A futuristic novel of many years past, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a fantastical story of exploration and survival.
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild isn’t Science Fiction. Instead it’s the real life story of exploration and survival. Chris McCandless was a young man who gave his possessions away and embarked on a journey into the wilds of Alaska-and whose body was found a mere four months later. Investigative reporter Jon Krakauer pieces together McCandless's journey and delivers a haunting and thought provoking account of one young man’s adventure.