Book Review

Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir

Book Title: Project Hail Mary

Series:

Author:  Andy Weir

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54493401-project-hail-mary

Release Date:  5/4/21

Star Rating:

 Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The only book by Mr Weir that I am familiar with is The Martian. Which as you all know was recently made into a pretty good movie starring Matt Damon. I liked the movie so when I saw this book come up on Netgalley I was excited to try it.

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian–while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
– Goodreads

This book did not disappoint. It was fascinating and hard to put down. It is a little more “hard sci-fi” than I am used to, which means there are a lot of descriptions of calculations and scientific facts that made me go a little cross-eyed at times, but not so much that it detracted from the story or from my excitement in reading it. I really enjoyed the characters … especially a surprise character who shows up halfway through the story. It was really enjoyable and delved into a lot of interesting themes, loneliness, self sacrifice, how to relate to those considered alien to us. It was also very easy to picture this book as becoming a movie in the future. I can totally see Holly Hunter as one of the main characters. 🙂 I had a good time reading this book and I hope that you do too.

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