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This is my kind of science fiction. It's known as Hard Sci Fi in that it is rooted in current science. What I loved about this story is that it was firmly rooted in today's engineering. Yes, the nuts and bolts of it all.
If you remember the movie Apollo 13, then you remember the scenes where the crew and engineers on the ground, would come up with all kinds of unique, ad hoc solutions to problems. Well, this book is a lot like that, but on Mars.
Astronaut Mark Watney's crew leaves him behind during a mission-ending dust storm. He was hit with some flying equipment and and blown down wind. All his environmental suit instruments indicated that he had died and his crew mates were forced to evacuated the surface without him.
What follows is a story of survival filled with problems, interesting solutions, setbacks and dark humor.
I loved this book.
Andy Weir's website is here: http://www.andyweirauthor.com/