Published by Ballantine on May 4, 2021
Genres: Science fiction
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.
For fans of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, this is one smart and compelling story!
Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for a review copy.