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Book Review: Project Hail Mary

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“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, 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?”

Title: Project Hail Mary

Series: Standalone

Author: Andy Weir

Page Count: 481

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: April 24th, 2023

I’m sure most fans of Science Fiction Fantasy have heard of Andy Weir at this point. I read The Martian last year and enjoyed it. So I ended up getting a physical copy of Project Hail Mary as a gift recently. I was able to work it into my April reads and I was not disappointed in the slightest!
One of my first impressions voiced about Project Hail Mary was simply how surprised I was at the amount of enjoyment I was finding listening to so much scientific experimentation.
I don’t know how much more expansive you can get in world building than individuals traveling amongst the stars. The author did a great job in making me feel like I was there whether it was a flashback as our protagonist was beginning to remember things prior to waking on the ship or during our time spent in space.
The character building was surprisingly well in my mind. Simply because we don’t have a lot of other characters in this story. Sure we are introduced to some from pre-flight but after that it’s really only the two. But the amount of learning between the two, the emotion and obviously the humor were excellent for my taste! The nod to Rocky and Adrian continues to make me smile a bit.
The pacing was smooth. There is always a risk when we start hopping back and forth in timelines due to flashbacks but I never really felt like it was jarring in this one. It simply allowed us to better understand the current circumstances our protagonist finds himself in.
I ended up read/listening to this one at the same time I was reading another science fiction book. I don’t typically do this because there can be a lot of similarities in vibe and I can find myself lost between the two. These two were different enough I never really had that issue.
This was such a fun book! This will definitely find itself onto my favorites shelf. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a science fiction read interested in Andy Weir from previous books or just looking for a fun, suspenseful, humorous story in space!

World Building 5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 4.5/5

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Chad Barnard

Owner/Operator of The Hiking Reader Blog. Sharing thoughts on books and hiking trails and trying to find ways to continue to incorporate both hobbies together.

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