You know those books you can’t stop thinking about? That was me and The Martian. So when I saw that Weir was coming out with another SF novel, I was so excited. Unfortunately it didn’t fit into my schedule, but it did fit into my guest reviewer’s! Keep reading to find out what they thought!
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Project Hail Mary turned out to be a masterful science fiction novel that rivals The Martian. It’s filled with so many of the typical Andy Weir elements like his self deprecating humour, or a cartload of science facts to entertain and even educate the readers. It definitely helped to make the story overall more believable, since at least he found a reasonable-sounding explanation for most of the futuristic advancements and events; not that I possess the knowledge to challenge him anyway.
It’s sad to see that of all things the most unrealistic aspect is the fact that humanity would actually collaborate on solving a shared problem.
For the sake of the story, it is still more than appropriate.
Project Hail Mary ended up as one of my all-time favourite science fiction books. It’s fun to read, very informative and kept me hooked until the very end.