The Martian is a near future, hard science fiction tale of a man accidentally left behind after our first [failed] mission to Mars.
The voice is what grabbed hold of me and refused to let me point this book down. Right from page one, I knew I was in for a good tale. True, most of the characters were a little flat (or just not very likable), but the tight POV narration made up for it. The science, too, was daunting enough for me to recognize that the author had done his homework.
Overall, a very entertaining read, one that rekindled my interest in astronomy and space travel, just in time for the New Horizon's pass by Pluto. Definitely worth picking up.