Book Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

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.

This book was one of my most anticipated for this year. I’d had it one pre order for ages and then as is often the way didn’t get to pick it up for a couple of weeks after I finally got my hands on it. I’m delighted to say that it absolutely lived up to my expectations and I thoroughly loved it.

The style felt very similar the that of The Martian (which I also loved) in that there are sections set with our main character in space – on a ship this time, not on a planet – and sections on Earth, only this time those Earth sections are flashbacks to how Ryland Grace and the ship Hail Mary came to be where they are.

Ryland was an instantly likeable character, practical, with a sense of purpose and humour – despite the mission he finds himself on. I really enjoyed the character development he went under as well. The real stand out for me though was Rocky, he was just so fun to get to know and the interplay between Grace and Rocky was superb.

Stratt who we meet in the on Earth sections of the book is a fascinating character. Completely willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done while showing the smallest glimpses of what it costs her to do it. I liked how she was so incredibly focussed and strong but also will to (very occasionally) be pulled up on her behaviour.

A superb Science Fiction read, that had all the humanity and hope that I’ve come to expect from Andy Weirs writing. Thoroughly recommended.

Project Hail Mary is available now.

If you want to purchase your own copy you can order from The Broken Binding here – if you use the code MUGFULL1232 you get 5% off (I get 5% too)