NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly) new science-based thriller from the bestselling author of The Martian.
“An epic story of redemption, discovery and cool speculative sci-fi.”—USA Today
“If you loved The Martian, you’ll go crazy for Weir’s latest.”—The Washington Post
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?
An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian—while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Andy Weir, author of the runaway bestseller The Martian, has written another space-disaster thriller that’s equal parts edge-of-your-seat suspense, fascinating science, and sarcastic humor. Ryland Grace’s mission is saving Earth from an extinction-level event, but first he has to figure out who he is, how long he’s been in a coma, and why he’s alone on a spaceship in the middle of nowhere. No pressure. Weir grounds his hero’s wildly imaginative predicament in real-world physics and biology. Every new revelation about the enormity of his situation is a jaw-dropper, as are the solutions he comes up with. Ryland’s joy of discovery is contagious, but the story’s heart is in a completely shocking twist that’s way too good to spoil. We’ll just say that it makes Project Hail Mary as sweetly touching as it is intelligent, funny, and exciting. This is science fiction that even people who think they don’t like science fiction will love.
Bestseller Weir (The Martian) delivers a suspenseful portrait of human ingenuity and resilience in this powerful narrative of a desperate effort to save Earth. Ryland Grace awakens from a coma with no memories of his identity or how he came to be alone on a spaceship. Weir creates instant engagement by toggling between Grace's efforts to make sense of his present circumstances and flashbacks that gradually paint an unsettling picture of his life before. Grace worked as a microbiologist until the negative response to his theory that water may not be required to sustain alien life drove him from his research to a job teaching middle school science. That career is disrupted, however, after astronomers discover that the sun is losing heat, imperiling the future of humanity. The cause seems to be a microscopic life-form that feeds on the star's energy, and Grace is drafted into the international team of scientists working to combat the impending catastrophe. Weir cleverly doles out pieces of Grace's backstory and information about the mission that landed him in space, tossing in curveballs and judiciously using humor to break the tension as the story builds to an unexpectedly moving ending. This is a winner. \n
Fun and Full of Hope (and Science Facts Galore)
A book full of fun problems and fun solutions, grounded in rules with enough imagination to color outside their lines when needed, Project Hail Mary is brimming with passion, excitement, technobabble and hope.
The protagonist’s journey is entertaining and interesting, with plenty of moments of legitimate surprise and suspense. Solving problems alongside them — sometimes faster, sometimes slower — makes the prettied-up sci-fi textbook qualities the most engaging parts of the whole book.
At times, its structure saps tension from the story, robbing characters of meaningful decision making, or sometimes just obscuring that process from the readers. The most emotionally resonant parts of the book are the ones that play it straight and stick to the number, not the ones that try to lean into the broader human drama of global catastrophe.
The story is numerically, measurably big, but its strongest moments come down to the small numbers and the small relationships throughout. The problems along the way can be overcome — and blowing past them is always the best part.
Another win for Andy Weir!
An enjoyable page-turner that combines first contact, interstellar travel, and apocalyptic themes. You’ll find yourself entertained and left wondering, could a similar extinction event happen in the near future and will we be ready?
I love this book!
This is the first book I’ve read in a long while. Of course I got the actual book in hand but I wanted to leave a review here. This book is amazing and if you like sci-fi then you’ll definitely love this book! The story is well written and had me excited for each chapter. In a few years I will definitely reread this book again!