Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Fans of really well written science fiction. Those who like a bit of humor in their fiction.
In a nutshell:
Ryland Grace has just awoken, alone, on a space ship.
There were quite a few fun little lines, but I was too busy inhaling this book to take note.
Why I chose it:
The Martian was one of my favorite books of the year when I read it. I think I consumed it in just a few days, and then handed it over to my partner to read. He then read Artemis and didn’t enjoy it, so I passed. But this one? He said it was much more like The Martian so I should check it out.
Ugh. How can I review this book without spoiling it? I’m not sure I can. But I’m going to try to do it with just some mild spoilers.
There is something that is impacting the Sun, which in turn will totally fuck up the Earth. Dealing with it will require serious space travel.
Ryland Grace is, we learn, a biologist turned junior high school teacher. We also know that he is on a space ship, and he doesn’t recall why he is there. From there … events transpire. And they are page-turning in the way a really great work of fiction is.
I enjoy Weir’s writing style immensely – he does science exposition in a way I’ve never experienced before. I just love it. The book goes back and forth in time, so we slowly learn – along with Grace – exactly what has transpired to get him there, as well as following along with him as he problem-solves a whole lot of … stuff.
See? Really hard to review without spoilers. But if you like The Martian, I’m going to bet you will like this one.
Recommend to a Friend / Keep / Donate it / Toss it:
Recommend and Donate