Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is a science-fiction story and scientific mystery. Mr. Weir is a published author, known for his book The Martian.
- 496 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0593135202
I have enjoyed Mr. Weir’s novels in the past and henceforth am always on the lookout for a new one. I was undeniably happy to see this book and was looking forward to reading it. The problem is, as many know, that when you have a high expectations for something, you’re likely to be disappointed.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is easily addictive, the mystery about Dr. Grace’s mission, or why he’s even there builds up. Mr. Weir uses a “memory wipe” technique to build up the narrative. Slowly Grace remembers who he is, and his mission.
In the true fashion of Mr. Weir’s novels, the readers spends a lot of time in Dr. Grace’s mind. We course we get to know his quirks, likes, dislikes and the geeky/pop-culture/scientific sense of humor which, on the positive side, I always appreciate.
One of the things I enjoyed in these books is that science is, unquestionably, the real hero. Yes, chiefly there are people implementing the science, but the author takes great care to introduce concepts though an exciting adventure. I admit that the description sounds like The Martian, and surely the book is very similar in tone and structure. Nevertheless, it is not a copy, but a different story with a somewhat similar premise.
Although I didn’t understand every scientific detail, the novel is still very much enjoyable. Regardless of my limitations, the author did a fantastic job balancing the narrative, plot, characters, and yes… science as well.
This is an intellectual, quirky, thriller which, undeniably, met my expectations. In particular, the space journey the reader takes with Dr. Grace is fascinating and worth their time.
Dr. Ryland Grace woke up on a space-ship with generally no idea why he’s there. Equally important, his crew-mates are dead and the spaceship is millions of miles from home.
Slowly, Dr. Grace’s memory starts coming back, specifically he realizes his task is nothing less than saving humanity. An unexpected ally helps him on his mission, although Dr. Grace now knows he’ll never see home again.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
*Amazon links point to an affiliate account.