Parents' Guide to

The Martian

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping tale of space survival has unexpected humor.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

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
2 people found this helpful.
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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (39):

A first novel originally serialized on author Andy Weir's personal website, this 21st-century Robinson-Crusoe-on-Mars tale starts strong and maintains a high level of suspense. Mark Watney is an instantly likable protagonist: brave, resourceful, and smart and possessing an engaging sense of humor.

The tech talk may occasionally get a little thick, and some of the supporting characters are less than well-rounded, but Weir does a great job of escalating predicaments for his main character to surmount.

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