The Martian

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Gripping tale of space survival has unexpected humor.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 18+

So Much Swearing

I started the Martian because I loved the movie and Project Hail Mary is my favorite sci fi novel. The Martian was gripping, funny, and educational, but by page 80 or so I had to say enough is enough. The number of F words is just ridiculous, and I would not recommend the unedited version to anyone.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much swearing
age 11+

Try the Classroom Edition!

This amazing tale of survival is a great book for young readers if you give them the classroom edition. It doesn't change the science or plot but eliminates most of the curse words, including all the "f" bombs. There is still some swearing though (ass, jackass, crap). A couple of references to sex, but nothing graphic. It's a great book!!!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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