the martian

As I was glancing through the Wall Street Journal the other day, I noticed an article about the book The Martian by Andy Weir. In the article, the opening statement was”Robinson Crusoe on Mars?” While the article was interesting and made some great points about human ingenuity, it got me thinking about books like Robinson Crusoe and Lord of the Flies, classic survival stories. Which, in turn, made me wonder how many different survival books were there, so I did a quick search in our library’s catalog and discovered that this is a very popular theme in both adult and teen fiction. Survival stories ranged from the frivolous – Beauty Queens – to romance – Up Close and Dangerous – to spooky – The Island of Dr. Moreau. There was a survival book for just about any taste or style.

Here is a listing of some of my favorites. If you can suggest other survival tales you would recommend, please add to the list.

 Robinson Crusoe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

  Watership Down
Watership Down
by Richard Adams

 The Island of Dr. Moreau complete version
The Island of Dr. Moreau
by H. G. Wells

Life of Pi (SAMPLE)
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

 Up Close and Dangerous
Up Close and Dangerous
by Linda Howard

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1)
The Hunger Games
  by Suzanne Collins

Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1)
Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen

 Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

Beauty Queens
Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray

As an additional note, the book The Martian is being made into a movie and should be released in November 2015. I can’t wait to see how true the director stayed to the book.

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3 thoughts on “The Martian and Other Survival Tales

  1. Strangely enough, there is actually already a movie called “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” which is in stock at the Central Library. I guess the Wall Street Journal needs another description for “The Martian” unless it is identical.

    I have heard nothing but great things regarding “The Martian” and I look forward to Ridley Scott’s adaptation in the future.

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