Andy Weir’s The Martian sucked me in like a black hole.
The book is a really quick read—the definition of a page-turner. (I read the book in two days; my girlfriend in one). And for a debut novel, the book is a truly impressive effort. The film version, directed by Ridley Scott, comes out in five or six weeks and clearly has a lot of money behind it–just take a gander at the cast. Anyway, the book is a bestseller and, with the film on the way, it obviously has some mainstream appeal, which turns out to be one of the things I like best about it.