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, 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.

Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, 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.

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“What’s two plus two?” Something about the question irritates me. I’m tired. I drift back to sleep.

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The Martian was one of the books that made me fall in love with Sci-Fi, so I went into Project Hail Mary thinking that there was no way that it could top The Martian for me. Well… I was wrong. I absolutely fell in love with this book- to the point that I flew through it and was sad when it was over.

I am so thrilled that I ended up loving Project Hail Mary as much as I did, especially since I had heard so many mixed things about Andy Weir’s sophomore novel, Artemis. What stood out to me most was just how quickly I felt connected to Ryland and another character that I won’t talk about because I want you to be surprised when you read this! I think because the book is written in first person present- I loved living inside Ryland’s head and seeing how he navigates through his situation.

I thought that the flashbacks that we get throughout the novel as Ryland is slowly getting his memories back were really compelling. Project Hail Mary is much more speculative than The Martian, but it didn’t feel farfetched. I could see a time where this is our reality!

I read the book physically, but I have a feeling it would be incredible on audio. I am tempted to listen to it in the future- I loved it that much!

  • Characters: 10
  • Atmosphere/Setting: 10
  • Writing Style:  8
  • Plot: 8
  • Intrigue: 9
  • Logic/Relationships: 9
  • Enjoyment: 10

Overall CAWPILE score: 57/7=9.1

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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19 thoughts on “Book Review- Project Hail Mary

  1. so excited you loved this one! I read The Martian ages ago and really enjoyed it, but never picked up Artemis after hearing so many mixed things. Excited to pick this one up!!

  2. Same here. I loved The Martian and kinda hated Artemis. So I was a little hesitant about picking up this book. But I am so glad that I read this book. I love this book more than The Martian. Story and characters are just out of this world 😛

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