Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary

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The sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission to save both humanity and the earth, Ryland Grace is hurtled into the depths of space when he must conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2021]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593135204
0593135202
Branch Call Number: F WEIR
Characteristics: 476 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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paulkick
Jun 11, 2021

This book is fun and definitely more in the Science Fiction category, but it is not near as good as his first or his second books. The Martian is by far the best of his three and worth reading again to see how great internal dialogue can be written.

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baileys3k
Jun 11, 2021

Weir really outdid himself with this one. I really liked The Martian, liked Artemis, but loved Project Hail Mary. I love science and survival stories, and PHM was the best of both. Weir's writing shines the most when he's geeking out on science and his characters are facing insurmountable odds. The ending was even surprisingly emotional to me.

Highly recommended, couldn't put it down, and some of the best sci-fi I've read! 5 stars

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Gypsy100
Jun 08, 2021

A very interesting and suspenseful read.

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badboy63
Jun 04, 2021

Disappointing! This book is no Martian, just modern sci-fi, too much science and not enough humanity.

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archera
May 31, 2021

Scientific. Suspenseful. Sarcastic. Sweet.

I suggest going into the story with as little information about the plot as possible.

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dcollins_0
May 20, 2021

This book was AWESOME!!!

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bezoarbezoarbezoar
May 19, 2021

[CONTAINS SPOILERS]

I loved this book! I loved the slow reveal of Ryland Grace's role in Project Hail Mary. I loved Andy Weir's tone and humor. I loved Rocky!

The only thing I would have liked more of was a glimpse of what was going on back on Earth. I understand the decision behind not including that information, but I'm curious! Did Stratt go to prison? Did everyone work together in order to keep half the population from starving to death? What did Earth scientists think about the Taumoeba and xenonite? I love Weir's voice and I would happily read a book twice this length because of his humor and the obvious joy he takes in writing about science.

As a teacher I always perk up a bit whenever there's a teacher character in a book. It is often pretty obvious whether or not the author knows any teachers, has been a teacher, or consulted teachers. While I loved that Grace was explicitly a middle school teacher, there were a handful of aspects of his teacher persona that weren't quite there for me. His use of non-expletives was cute and endearing, but it would have been fun to see him use that language in a classroom setting to show why he talks that way and how his students respond to it (hint: lots of groans). To a non-educator, the teacher aspects of Grace will probably seem fine, but to me they weren't quite as good as they could have been, especially considering how great Weir portrays speech and humor.

I loved the friendship between Grace and Rocky. I had to take a break from reading when it looked like Rocky had died, and I was so sad when they had to say goodbye. At the end when they were reunited I actually yelled "yes!" and startled my cat. I was a bit confused as to how Rocky and Grace were communicating - I know the spreadsheets were an important part of it, but I didn't realize until nearly the end that Grace had learned all the tones and understood them while Rocky had done the same for spoken English.

The ending was perfect. Bookends don't always work in a narrative, but I think in this story it was the right choice.

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johnulee
May 17, 2021

Starts quickly and doesn't slow down... in a good way. Though the very beginning reaction from the main character is a bit underwhelming, almost unbelievably so... but anyways... All plausible situations as are the methods to solve the problems as he walks us through each. Interesting end resolution, too... begging the reader to ask, 'what would they/you do?'. It can seem that the problems never cease, though... but, it is space, so.... thoroughly enjoyable. Would love to have seen how earth evolved in our characters absence....

laurendouglass May 17, 2021

It would be fair to say that Andy Weir only has one character - a thinly veiled version of himself who plays the protagonist in all his novels. That might be why so many people hated Artemis, his second novel, because it stars Andy as a young woman. (I liked Artemis, just so you know!)

However, I don't see this as a problem, because you don't read an Andy Weir novel for the characters. You read it for the science, math and plot! And plot is where he shines.

If you loved The Martian and hated Artemis, Project Hail Mary will feel like a welcome trip home. If you loved both then you will be 3-0 with this newest.

And there is a character in this book that might not be Andy in disguise. I can't give any more away without spoiling the book but, you'll see what I mean. Just give it a shot and let me know if you agree.

DCDL_Megan May 08, 2021

Andy Weir’s humor and attention to detail definitely continues in this new book. The slightly self deprecating humor of the main character is the driving force behind this exciting, out of this world, novel. Who better to save humanity than a Junior High School teacher, right? I have to say for a man who has amnesia and can’t even remember his name, Grace is doing a pretty good job aboard a spacecraft heading for a new star.

*** Spoilers ahead ***

I have to say I was not expecting the good doctor to meet sentient life, but the logical yet humorous way in which he interacted with them is perfect. Rocky’s attitude about how frail and useless humans are is highly entertaining and like most of his previous novels, Hail Mary is highly researched and well thought out. It is definitely in the realm of realistic science fiction and it makes me wonder if NASA will reach out to Weir again and ask who his alien contact is?

Overall, it was a wonderful story filled with well thought out and unique characters. The story was full of low and high points of action and possible heart ache and kept me simultaneously rolling in fits of laughter and on the edge of my seat.

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KDLfan
Jun 01, 2021

My inner nerd couldn’t help but be excited.

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