The Martian

Annie Montrose Character Analysis

As Director of Media Relations at NASA, Annie is responsible for keeping the public and the media informed on developments with Watney and the Ares 3 mission. Part of her job is to “spin” stories in a way that creates a positive public image of NASA. One of the few women in NASA’s upper levels, Annie’s candid, tough persona seems to have helped her break into the “boys club” of NASA administration.

Annie Montrose Quotes in The Martian

The The Martian quotes below are all either spoken by Annie Montrose or refer to Annie Montrose. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 6 Quotes

This was going to be rough and Annie knew it. Not only did she have to deliver the biggest mea culpa in NASA’s history, every second of it would be remembered forever. Every movement of her arms, intonation of her voice, and expression of her face would be seen by millions of people over and over again. Not just in the immediate press cycle, but for decades to come. Every documentary made about Watney’s situation would have this clip.

Related Characters: Mark Watney, Annie Montrose
Page Number: 60
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“What about the RTG? Does the public know about that yet?” Teddy asked. Annie leaned forward. “So far, so good,” she said. “The images are public, but we have no obligation to tell them our analysis. Nobody has figured it out yet.” […] “How dangerous is it?” Teddy asked. “As long as the container’s intact, no danger at all.”

Related Characters: Venkat Kapoor (speaker), Teddy Sanders (speaker), Annie Montrose (speaker), Mark Watney
Related Symbols: The RTG
Page Number: 84
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“I need something, Venkat,” Annie said. “You’ve been in contact for twenty-four hours and the media is going ape shit. They want an image for the story. It’ll be on every news site in the world. […] This is all anyone cares about right now. In the world. This is the biggest story since Apollo 13.”

Related Characters: Annie Montrose (speaker), Mark Watney, Venkat Kapoor
Page Number: 124
Explanation and Analysis:

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Annie Montrose Character Timeline in The Martian

The timeline below shows where the character Annie Montrose appears in The Martian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
Science, Human Ingenuity, and the Fight to Survive Theme Icon
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The scene shifts again. Venkat has just told Teddy and NASA’s director of media relations Annie Montrose that Watney is still alive. Annie knows this will be a PR nightmare. Venkat... (full context)
Science, Human Ingenuity, and the Fight to Survive Theme Icon
Bureaucracy vs. Human Endeavour Theme Icon
Annie suggests contacting Lewis just to be sure, but Venkat and Teddy argue that the news... (full context)
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Annie decides that NASA will take the story public in 24 hours, when they’re required to... (full context)
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In NASA’s pressroom, Annie ruminates that her announcement will make history, and she is determined to get it exactly... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...that follows Mindy’s thoughts. She’s in a meeting with NASA’s top management, including Teddy, Venkat, Annie, JPL director Bruce Ng, and Ares 3 flight director Mitch Henderson. She’s extremely nervous—she feels... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Annie calls Venkat asking for a photo of Watney. Venkat says this is ridiculous—it’s a waste... (full context)
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Solitude and the Human Need for Connection Theme Icon
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...98. Watney receives instructions on how to hack the Rover and decodes them. Then, for Annie’s photo-op, he poses in from of the camera with a thumbs-up and a note that... (full context)
Chapter 15
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The scene moves to a meeting of NASA managers, led by Teddy. Annie explains she’s giving daily press updates, and that CNN’s The Watney Report is the number... (full context)
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After 63 days, the Iris probe is completed. At a press conference, Annie announces the scheduled launch. Cathy Warner asks what NASA will do if the launch fails;... (full context)
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The Betrayal of the Familiar Theme Icon
Mitch, Venkat, Teddy, and Annie all watch the Iris launch. On Hermes, the Ares 3 crew is listening in. At... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Venkat calls a secret meeting with Annie, Mitch, Teddy, and Bruce under the name “Project Elrond”—a Lord of the Rings reference. He... (full context)
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The next day, Venkat, Mitch, Teddy, Bruce, and Annie meet again. Teddy announces that they’ll send the Iris 2 food supply to Mars, vetoing... (full context)
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...the maneuver and will fire him the minute he has evidence. Mitch points out that Annie is going to tell the press that NASA gave the order for the maneuver—they don't... (full context)
Chapter 21
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At NASA, Teddy, Venkat, Mitch, Annie, Mindy, and Martian meteorologist Randall Carter meet. Mindy explains that Watney has modified the rover... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Back on Earth, Mindy informs Mitch, Bruce, Venkat, and Annie that Watney’s Morse code message indicates he’s fixed everything. Venkat asks Bruce about the plan... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...NASA, Brendan Hutch, the Flight Director, tells a very anxious Mitch to get some sleep. Annie tells Venkat that the pressroom is overflowing with reporters from around the world. Venkat tells... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...rescue risky, but possible. Lewis informs Mission control of the new plan. Venkat, Mitch, and Annie are shocked. Annie goes to inform the press that the Hermes crew is going to... (full context)