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.
I went into Project Hail Mary undecided about whether it was a book I was going to absolutely love like The Martian or one that I struggled to get through which was the case for Artemis, thankfully for me Project Hail Mary was an absolute joy to read.
Science fiction is a tricky genre because every reader can be looking for something different. Is it a space aged story where man has traveled to Mars or are readers being transported to a completed different planet? These two types of science fiction can really draw in different readers. Andy Weir does the first type in a thoroughly enjoyable manner.
If are you looking for a ‘the world in an advanced space age, epic space adventure/survival’ style read then I could not recommend Project Hail Mary more.
Our main Character Ryland Grace gives me huge Mark Watney vibes with his humor and ability to make jokes in absolutely crazy life threatening situations. It was absolutely enthralling to follow his thought processes as he work shopped different problems, and having a character show their working out is something I look forward to about Andy Weirs books.
I chose to listen to Project Hail Mary as an audiobook and it was a great way to consume the story, really adding to the experience, It made me want to walk my dog for hours on end just to keep listening. That to me is the mark of not only an engaging audiobook but a fantastically fleshed out story.
If you were a fan of The Martian then I would highly recommend picking up project Hail Mary and please please share your thoughts! I can’t wait to see what other readers think of this story.