Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

  • Release Date: 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 6,060 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly), cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor, and fascinating science—in development as a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling.

HUGO AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS: Bill Gates, GatesNotes, New York Public Library, Parade, Newsweek, Polygon, Shelf Awareness, She Reads, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal • “An epic story of redemption, discovery and cool speculative sci-fi.”—USA Today

“If you loved The Martian, you’ll go crazy for Weir’s latest.”—The Washington Post

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

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.


  • Hail Mary

    By grendel361
    I was pleasantly surprised by the concurrent stories being told. This was as good as The Martian and would probably make a great movie.
  • Engaging

    By keith_troyer
    I never thought a interaction in space with an intelligent being would ever hold my attention. I was wrong, this is a fantastic read that I highly recommend. The science included pushes the story along and I happily chased it through several twists I didn’t see coming. Very well written.
  • Good Sci-fi

    By jzbrown
    Good entry-level science fiction. Easy to read and follow. The twists are (for the most part) not telegraphed and remain surprises. Spoilers!!! The story lacks a certain “grounding”, unfortunately. Let’s start with the premise. The sun is dimming significantly. Humanity has unlimited energy and all of humanity’s cooperation. Why build an interstellar space ship? Why not just build a reflector array or some other “local” device? Because you won’t be able to meet aliens that way! Don’t get me wrong; I love a good alien story. But it all seemed a little *too* likely. The author attempts to address this with a hand wave (as he does for much of the plot) but it leaves a mealy, unsatisfactory, taste. I appreciated the character building and plot development… for the most part. Sadly, the most interesting plot device (Grace’s memory loss and his subsequent memory redemption) starts great but develops into a generic b-plot. Grace regains his memory linearly and the two stories run parallel in time. This is not how amnesia works and half way through the novel the guise of “remembering” is dropped entirely. The is the most disappointing aspect of the novel. The author missed a huge opportunity for creative storytelling. Rocky and Grace’s characters, however, are well fleshed and convincing. Rocky is a little too anthropomorphic with a full range of emotions and motivation but being the only other character with whom Grace can interact, I suppose it’s understandable. Still, another missed opportunity. Other characters, like Stratt, are obvious plot drivers who give off very tangible “told, not shown” or “plot armor” vibes. This is just lazy writing. Now the sci-fi aspect. Great as expected. The real science and “fake” science blend fairly seamlessly. Of course it’s obvious when the author expects you to just believe something but it’s not so ham-fisted as to cause one’s eyes to roll. For me, good science fiction makes it hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy. This novel does a decent job and I found myself googling here and there to see if the author was making something up or not. Regardless, the suspense is there. The urgency is there. The thrill and chill are all there. But the story is just average. Grace is swept up, unwilling, into a huge project to save humanity, the responsibility of which rests squarely on his shoulders alone. He learns he’s not a coward; he discovers just how brave and heroic he can be. He saves humanity and the Eridians too. And, presumably, dies doing what he loved most: teaching. You wanted warm and fuzzy, right? 3/5 elbows too pointy
  • Hail Mary

    By daisyhenrymom
    Perfect book! Totally absorbing and entertaining. Loved everything about it!!
  • Wow wow wow

    By Redd628462
    Amaze! I was hooked from the first chapter. Could not put it down. Sure, a lot of the science stuff (and definitely the math) was over my head, but it didn't stop me from loving this story.
  • Creative and satisfying

    By Humnoke
    This is a good story. It doesn’t ‘create’ a bunch of far fetched technologies which makes you feel like it could happen.
  • Hail Mary

    By Thom Mani
    I’ve read all three of Andrew’s books. The details of his stories are detailed and make you feel it’s all possible. I’ll be looking for his next book. Maybe Grace and Rocky’s next adventure. Good luck! Tom Manigan
  • Best yet

    By JasonKander
    This is my favorite Weir book yet.
  • Hail Mary

    By Nogalese
    I love Andy Weir’s stuff. This book, however, was a mishmash of chemistry lessons and Spaceballs. Parts were very good but it moved too slowly, gave too many detailed chemistry lessons (normally I love those parts but this was definitely overkill), and pushed some space alien envelopes a bit too far. Still it kept me mostly entertained.
  • Awesome

    By getdefekers
    This book is awesome as every book Andy Weir has written. Do not think about it , get ready to enjoy another Space adventure!