Publish Date: May 4, 2021
“Human beings have a remarkable ability to accept the abnormal and make it normal.” – Project Hail Mary
A brilliant and thrilling tale of survival, Project Hail Mary begins with a lone astronaut waking up in space … with no recollection of who he is, how he got there, or why his crewmates are dead. Astronaut Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last chance mission – and if he fails, humanity and Earth itself will perish.
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?
Project Hail Mary was everything that I expected from Andy Weir. This book is as science-y as The Martian, has likeable, smart, tenacious characters like Artemis but this one takes both aspects and wraps it up into one amazing story.
The book is pretty heavy on science and technology, and can be a bit overwhelming for those without a STEM background. Andy Weir did his best explaining everything carefully, but those that have a strong background in mathematics, physics, chemistry or astronomy will enjoy this book most. Admittedly, I did get lost in the STEM concepts but the story was so good that I just glossed over these parts.
Regardless of your background, you will enjoy the wild ride through space. The suspense, danger, and problem-solving were exciting and captivating. This is a true scientific thriller.
My favorite quotes:
“Stupid humanity. Getting in the way of my hobbies.”
“I’ve gone from “sole-surviving space explorer” to “guy with a wacky new roommate.” It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.”
“Sometimes, the stuff we all hate ends up being the only way to do things.”
“Humanity’s first miscommunication with an intelligent alien race. Glad I could be a part of it.”
This story is about keeping a clear head in crisis situations, finding humor, hope and establishing connections in unexpected. It’s about overcoming fear, adversity, and being resourceful. This book is about survival, challenges, and becoming all that you are capable of. It will make you laugh, cry, and ponder. I highly recommend this book.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Note: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley exchange for an honest review.