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First Look: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

First Look: Project Hail Mary  by Andy Weir

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. Find out what our First Look Club reviewers think below.


The Mission

Clifford says: Project Hail Mary begins in medias res, with the protagonist waking up not knowing who he is. As he gradually regains his memories (interspersed as flashbacks in alternating chapters), he learns he is Ryland Grace, a school teacher who also happened to be a brilliant scientist. Grace is drafted as a consultant (and later, astronaut) for what turned out to be a Hail Mary pass in space.

Jed says: During the first third of the novel, Project Hail Mary reads like a really elaborate escape room in novel form. A man wakes up in a strange, futuristic place. He observes that he has certain skills and knowledge, but has no memory of who he is, where he’s at, and why he’s solving little environmental puzzles in what seems like a laboratory inside a spaceship.

 

The Science

Clifford says: The technologies in Project Hail Mary are those that can be developed in the real world if resources (and red tape) are not an issue. [...] The author put in a lot of detail for science fiction nerds. Some readers may feel this is a story roadblock, but trust me, all of it is essential to what happens in the later chapters.

Jed says: It sounds ridiculous, but it’s the science and the methodologies applied that make it all believable. Everything from the discovery of the threat, to the process of understanding it, to the eventual lead-up to the man in the room is explained in a reasonable and logical manner.

 

The Verdict

Clifford says: Project Hail Mary is not just about an everyman trying to save the world; it’s also about finding home and friendship in unexpected places. If you haven’t read any of Andy Weir’s work, it’s perfectly fine. [...] In fact, thanks to the protagonist’s temporary amnesia, you’ll be just as much as a blank slate as Ryland Grace when you start reading the novel.

Jed says: It’s hard to describe Project Hail Mary without spoiling its coolest surprises, but here are the important things to know about it: there’s tons of cool science, a handful of breathtaking action sequences, and a premise so utterly far-out that it’s amazing how the author made it seem so plausible. Space and science fans: a wonderful read awaits.


Clifford is a content writer, musician, and caffeine fiend who co-hosts monthly comic book podcast.
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Jed has worked as an animator, web designer, and college instructor, but he continues to dream of writing for a living.
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[Thoughts and views expressed in this article are those of the reviewers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fully Booked. Then again, we love our reviewers anyway.]


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