The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney was the seventeenth person to set foot on Mars. He was also the first person reported to have died there. This is the story of the man left behind; relying on his wits, sunny personality and mechanical know-how to keep him alive in a place no human can live. Bad luck (a bizarre sequence of events made his fellow crewmates believe he was dead) has stranded him on a planet with no means of communication with Earth or his ship. He’ll need some good luck (which I must say he does not have much of) to survive until he can get a lift home.
Told through Watney’s journal entries from Mars and concurrent meetings within NASA on Earth this is a book of what would have happened if you put MacGyver in space. Yes, Watney does some not-so-smart things but we forgive him because he is basically brilliant.
All space nerds and mechanical engineer wannabes will really enjoy this one. Those looking for a thriller, maybe not: it’s very technical, yet humorous, and a good choice for something out of the ordinary.