This book won the Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 in the Science Fiction category and with good reason. To compare it with any other science fiction book I've read is impossible. Where those have generally been somewhat closer to fantasy and pure imagination, this book genuinely puts the science in science fiction. Mark Whatney is an astronaut stuck on Mars and I believed every second of it! Though Weir does a very good job explaining the basic science I didn't understand it all, but I got the gist - and I found it very plausible.
Besides Whatney's point of view we also get occasional pages of what's going on at NASA back on Earth and I really enjoyed these too. It perfectly balances the story and gives the readers some delicious insight when neither Mark on Mars or the guys on Earth knows what's going on with the other.
In short, this is definitely a book I'll be recommending far and wide - and to the Danish readers, I'm happy to let you know that the publishing house DreamLitt has picked up the rights for The Martian and will be releasing it around November 2015!
By the way, Hollywood has gotten wind of this fantastic book too and it's being made into a film staring Matt Damon! You can see the trailer below, I think it looks pretty great!