Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary

by Andy Weir


A lone astronaut.
An impossible mission.
An ally he never imagined.

'The most enjoyable hard SF I have read in years' GUARDIAN

'Weir's finest work to date. . . This is the one book I read last year that I am certain I can recommend to anyone, no matter who, and know they'll love it.' BRANDON SANDERSON

'If you like a lot of science in your science fiction, Andy Weir is the writer for you. . . This one has everything fans of old school SF (like me) love.' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

'Brilliantly funny and enjoyable. One of the most plausible science fiction books I've ever read' TIM PEAKE, astronaut

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 imagine it, 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.
'One of the most original, compelling, and fun voyages I've ever taken.' ERNEST CLINE, author of Ready Player One and Ready Player Two

'Undisputedly the best book I've read in a very, very long time. Mark my words: Project Hail Mary is destined to become a classic.' BLAKE CROUCH

'Andy Weir's brilliant Project Hail one of those stirring sci-fi novels about every government on Earth banding together, through science, to save civilisation from collapse. I loved it.' THE TIMES

'A suspenseful portrait of human ingenuity and resilience [that] builds to an unexpectedly moving ending. A winner.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Weir returns with gusto . . . his writing flows naturally, and his characters and dialogue crackle with energy. With this novel, he takes his place as a genuine star in the mainstream SF world.' BOOKLIST

Reviewed by Jordon on

5 of 5 stars


This book was amazing. I loved the style of writing, and seeing Ryland working out issues. My favourite POV is first person, and feeling like you're in their head. I loved how much science was in this, and although I definitely didn't understand it all, I enjoyed reading it and was impressed how Weir would've had to keep it all straight to be able to explain it right.

I went into this book mainly blind, I knew that it was about a man waking up on a rocket in space and having no memory. So there were quite a few twists that I really enjoyed discovering. You really can't say anything else about this book without spoiling it. So I'll leave it here with, I loved this book and I really enjoyed reading it.


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  • 2 July, 2021: Started reading
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  • 2 July, 2021: on page 100 out of 496 20%
    I’m so excited to read this book that I’ve been reading it slowly so I don’t finish it too fast… like only a couple of chapters a night, instead of reading it in a matter of days. Is that weird of me?
  • 2 July, 2021: on page 120 out of 496 24%
    Omg. I was not expecting that!! 😯
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