I thought a laptop would be fine outside. It's just electronics, right? [...]
It died instantly. [...] Turns out the L in LCD stands for Liquid. I guess it either froze or boiled off. Maybe I'll post a consumer review. "Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10."
That passage embodies really well how it feels to read [b:The Martian|18007564|The Martian|Andy Weir|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1413706054s/18007564.jpg|21825181]. Technical matters delivered in excruciating details and a bit of humour every now and then.
So beware: this was a book written by a science geek for science geeks. If you're not interested in knowing how space travel, orbital aerodynamics or some (very) mild chemistry, you'll find yourself skimming a lot of technicalities, which are, frankly, one of the major strengths of this book. But if you are interested in such subjects, this is a full plate of curiosities. And they interweave with the story so seamlessly that you'll find yourself screaming from the inside: OH MY GOD WHAT A HELL IS GOING TO HAPPEN I NEED TO KNOW MORE.