Review of “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir

Andy Weir has a pleasing, cinematic way of writing. You can imagine his stories playing out in the movies but without the staccato style that is utilized in actual scripts.

The main character in this novel assumes a MacGyver kind of role after waking up from a medically-induced coma in a space capsule – the “Hail Mary.” His brain takes longer to recover than his body; at first he doesn’t even know his name. As his memories come back, we learn along with him how he ended up on the ship and what the nature of the mission is. There is a lot of math and physics, but he explains it all patiently, and there are surprises galore. His creativity is amazing.

I liked this book much more than his previous books, and I liked them a lot. But with this book, you get an added dimension (which I can’t reveal), and an ending that is sheer perfection. (Yes, I reread that last chapter three times! … so far…)

Evaluation: I hate to say too much about the plot, because discovering it is part of the mysteries that unfold as you read. It is smart, often funny, and profoundly touching. Don’t miss it!

Rating: 4.5/5

Published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, 2021

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6 Responses to Review of “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir

  1. The busy shelf says:

    haven’t read anything by him ( crazy, i know) but this one appeals to me more than any of his previous works… i may just get my hands on it. what made you take away that 0.5 star?

    • I did that because of all the math and physics. It was challenging, and not altogether necessary for the plot, and perhaps therefore could put off some readers. I should have explained that aspect of my rating in the review so thanks for asking!

      • The busy shelf says:

        Thanks for telling me about it 🙂 I love reading about math and physics so this may be a big plus for me! Now I’m more sure that I will get it.

  2. Lloyd Russell says:

    Fine. I will put it on my TBP list. I did like The Martian but haven’t read Artemis.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 1:01 AM Rhapsody in Books Weblog wrote:

    > rhapsodyinbooks posted: “Andy Weir has a pleasing, cinematic way of > writing. You can imagine his stories playing out in the movies but without > the staccato style that is utilized in actual scripts. The main character > in this novel assumes a MacGyver kind of role after wak” >

  3. Anthony says:

    I hadn’t heard about this book. Looking forward to it now.

  4. I still haven’t read The Martian. Maybe I’ll start this one instead. Your review has me intrigued!

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