Book Review: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

I’ve got a new favorite type of science fiction, and it’s whatever Andy Weir writes!

I never read the Martian. I never read a lot of things, but I never read the Martian either. I saw the movie though, and I liked it enough to remember Andy Weir’s name when I saw Project Hail Mary pop up in my ‘recommended‘ section on Audible.

I didn’t really know what I was going to, but I expected sci-fi and I expected disaster. That kind of describes this whole book and OH MY!-it’s so good.

It’s difficult to say anything about the plot of this book without giving away too much, so I’ll just paraphrase the official blurb: Ryland Grace is Earth’s last hope – but he doesn’t know that. In fact, he doesn’t know anything about anything when he wakes up in some weird machine and finds two corpses in the bed next to him. With the use of his slowly returning memories and his skills as a elementary school science teacher, Ryland has to figure out everything, including how to save the planet.

This book was amazing. Like, truly, a-ma-zing! (Big emphasis on the zing!) It’s told through a first-person perspective, with a heavy use of flashbacks, and the whole book feels like a stream of consciousness from a person who’s slowly remembering who, where, and why, he is – (where he is). Which to me, sounds very, very interesting.

It’s hard science fiction, I guess. I had to Google around to figure that out, but it fits. It’s sooo sciency and if you’re that weird kind of nerd like me who loves science, but doesn’t really know (or remember) much about it, then you’re going to love this. (Bear in mind that if you actually do know science, there might be things in here that will annoy you – or so I’ve been told). But I liked it, and it felt like I actually learned something.

But yeah, to sum up, it’s really good. I like Weir’s style, I like his characters, and I like this book. If you like mysterious space mysteries with loads of science and… other things, you’ll love this.

Probably got to read other things by Andy Weir now. And more hard science fiction. Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

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