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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.
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.
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.
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.
A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.
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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