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