May 4, 2021

Project Hail Mary by AndyWeir

Project Hail Mary by AndyWeirProject Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Published by Ballantine on May 4, 2021
Genres: Science fiction
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Reading Challenges: GoodReads, NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Project Hail Mary

As much as I enjoyed The Martian, getting into Artemis was difficult so I’m delighted that Andy Weir’s third novel, Project Hail Mary is an absolute winner.

Ryland Grace wakes up not knowing where he is or even what his name is. He discovers he’s on a spaceship and his two crewmates are dead. Where is he going and what’s his mission?

My thoughts about Project Hail Mary

This is Weir at his absolute best. Writing a nerdy guy facing a life or death crisis and sciencing his way out of it. Alternating current Grace trying to figure out what’s happening with past Grace as flashes of memory come back is a fabulous storytelling device. The reader discovers the story along with Grace. Focusing on Grace and just a handful of other characters keeps the story’s focus on Grace and his mission.

The story’s fast-paced and incredibly suspenseful with huge stakes and a looming deadline. Weir writes the science in a way that even a non-science person like me found it accessible and understandable. Even better, the science didn’t slow down the story or break the tension.

In conclusion

For fans of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, this is one smart and compelling story!

Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for a review copy.

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About Andy Weir

Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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