I generally borrow library books to read on my Kindle, but I made an exception last week. I bought "The Martian" by Andy Weir. I wanted to read the book to "screen" it to see if I could let Big Boy read it. We have seen the previews for the movie this summer and he is very interested in the story, so I thought it would be good if he could read the book and then see the movie. He reads very difficult books (he has finished the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, and is currently reading Eragon), but I was worried about content.
Big Boy is 8 years old. Unfortunately, I'm not sure the language in The Marian is appropriate for an 8-year-old. There are a few swear words (not that many, but they tend to come in clusters) - nothing he hasn't heard before, but probably not appropriate for his age level. My husband doesn't think it's acceptable, so we will leave it for now. Other than the adult language issue, the book is an adventure story and really has no adult themes or any content that I would be hesitant to let Big Boy read.
I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I loved it and I didn't want to put it down! I read it very quickly because the story is fast-paced, interesting, suspenseful, and exciting. A real action-adventure story with a very likeable main character. While I didn't understand all of the science described in the book it is expressed in a manner that I could digest and comprehend it for the purposes of the story. The science explanations are plentiful but they don't weigh the story down and the pace is fast but not frantic.
Now I'm looking forward to seeing the film....