The Martian is an awesome science fiction book followed by a good movie. It is about an astronaut named Mark Watney, who is left behind on planet Mars after a severe dust storm. He is mistakenly left for dead by his Ares III colleagues.
After the storm passes he makes it back to the habitat. He is wounded, he gives himself medical treatment. After some time he recovers. He tries to make contact with earth but the antenna is broken by the storm.
He tries to figure out what to do. Most of the equipment is in good shape. He tries to make the most of it. He figures out a way to ration his food for as long as possible. He also figures out a way to grow potatoes so that he can survive for even longer.
He figures out a way of contacting earth. He discovers the Mars rover from the twentieth century and uses it to contact earth. When NASA finds out that he is alive, they plan a rescue mission. They try to think of every possible rescue strategy.
Eventually they figure out a way of getting him back to earth. In order to get rescued Mark needs to travel far from the habitat and make his way to a MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle), that has been placed on Mars by NASA for a different mission.
He makes his way to the MAV by surviving the tough Martian terrain and dust storms. He eventually ascends in the MAV and he is intercepted by the Ares III crew. He finally makes his way back to earth and becomes a hero and a celebrity!