Just finished The Martian by Andy Weir. I found it oddly compelling, as if Popular Mechanic wrote a novel. It is almost entirely devoid of dramatic tension. There are conflicts, but they are resolved quickly and leave the people involved unaffected. The main character may be fundamentally changed by his experience as a castaway, but if so, you wouldn’t know it from reading his journal. He maintains an unflagging attitude of can-do throughout; the narrative is a series of the challenges he faces and how he resolves them. If he ever despairs, or is even once overwhelmed by the apparent hopelessness of his position, his absolute solitude in this most alien of environments, he does so off-stage.
If this were real life, he’d probably be first pick of someone to be marooned with. For a novel, perhaps next time more story?