Project Hail Mary: A Novel

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly), cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor, and fascinating science—in development as a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling.

HUGO AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS: Bill Gates, GatesNotes, New York Public Library, Parade, Newsweek, Polygon, Shelf Awareness, She Reads, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal • “An epic story of redemption, discovery and cool speculative sci-fi.”—USA Today

“If you loved The Martian, you’ll go crazy for Weir’s latest.”—The Washington Post

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 deliver, 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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1.77K reviews
Tyler Talkie
March 20, 2022
This book is better than the Martian yet, it is still disappointing. The grammar was awful and made me cringe far too often than it should have. The writing was very jagged, nothing sounded smooth and nothing felt melodic. The prose was rough. The plot was well-outlined and the story was extremely intricate. Every piece of the puzzle did eventually fit into place which made the story at least a bit tolerable. Unfortunately, that was not enough to save this book from being almost terrible.
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Will Harmon
September 4, 2021
It's a fine read when turning your brain off... But I was left wanting more depth or emotion. The plot can be summarized as "space adventure my rock alien friend" and didn't grow much beyond that. All the other side characters were (comically) one dimensional.
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May 14, 2021
What can I say that ISN'T spoilers? It's a first contact story unlike any I've seen before. If I ever needed more evidence that thinking things through logically, considering all the implications, and doing the hard math\science makes a better story I have it now. Thank you Weir AND CO. for one of the best hard sci-fi stories I've ever read. And that includes the Martian. There's so much I would love to take from this story to use in my own amateur attempts at writing. But copying! Argh. I could continue like this for some time so I'll stop here.
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About the author

Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.

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