October 14, 2022

ARC REVIEW Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Format: eARC (Courtesy of NetGalley and Publisher)
Publisher: Ballantine Books 

Andy Weir is cementing his place as a shining star in the vast cosmos of science fiction writers with his latest release, Project Hail Mary. Project Hail Mary is a thrilling read, easily on the level of The Martian, which details the quest of Dr. Ryland Grace to save the world. The only problem is that he’s lost his memories. He can barely remember his own name, let alone the reason why he’s in space. 

The premise of this book is interesting and unique. Essentially, our hero (a former junior high school teacher) is in space without his memories. His goal is to save the sun from the microorganisms called “astrophages” that are attacking but he must remember how first. He encounters aliens along the way, and they end up working together to try and save the day. 

Like his other books, Project Hail Mary is filled with lots of high-level science references. Andy Weir does a great job of making things accessible and explaining them to the readers as his characters work through them. In addition to the minute level of scientific detail, Weir also does a great job of building the world of his story and allowing the reader to step into it.

Thank you to Net Galley and Ballantine Books (Random House Publishing Group) for granting my wish and allowing me to read a copy of this book early. 

About the Book
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, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it's up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery--and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he's got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver, 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.

About the Author

ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California. Andy’s next book, ARTEMIS, is available now.

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