Hollywood is bringing The Martian by Andy Weir to life on the big screen in a few months, but you can get the original novel for a pittance if you act quick. This book is usually $9.99 on Google Play, but it's on sale for $1.99 right now. Amazon has also lowered its price to match, as it tends to do.
The Martian is a mostly first-person story of astronaut Mark Watney's attempts to survive on the Red Planet after being left behind on a mission. It's a fascinating tale that makes the hard sci-fi elements much more relatable. You don't have to be a huge space nerd to follow and enjoy the story, but if you are a space nerd, you'll find The Martian to be incredibly well-researched.
The Martian starring Matt Damon opens on October 2nd, so you've got time to devour the novel before seeing the movie. I say this as someone who loves sci-fi and has written a sci-fi novel—The Martian is great. It's one of the best books I've read in recent memory. It's a no-brainer at $1.99.
- Cris Castillon