Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

You probably remember author Andy Weir from his 2014 bestselling novel The Martian. Everything I liked about that book–adventure, plausible science, a great sense of humor–is back in spades in his newest work, Project Hail Mary. But I actually liked Project Hail Mary even better, because it has the extra element of a great friendship story.

I can’t tell you too much about the plot without giving away some serious spoilers, but the story opens with the main character, Ryland Grace, awakening alone inside a spaceship. This is a bit of a surprise, since (as last he can remember) Grace is a middle-school teacher with no interest in visiting space. As Grace adapts to his bizarre new circumstances, he slowly begins to remember what happened in his last several months on Earth, and how he ended up in a spaceship barreling toward the star Tau Ceti.

It is terribly fun to hitch a ride with Ryland Grace as he MacGyvers his way out of one problem after another, but the book gets really good when an unexpected friend joins Grace. That’s all I’m going to say, except that if you enjoyed The Martian, you’ll love Project Hail Mary.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WEIR)

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