Project Hail Mary

A Novel

hardcover, 496 pages

English language

Published May 4, 2021 by Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
9780593135204

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5 stars (35 reviews)

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, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

Part scientific mystery, …

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repite a fórmula do éxito

3 stars

"A fórmula de El Marciano repítese de xeito demasiado evidente. Resulta entretido, e con coñecementos de ensino secundario podes desfrutar lembrando aquelas asignaturas de física e química. Parecese que entendes algo."

"O libro é fácil de ler, podes ler aos poucos sen problema de perder o fío da historia xa que non ten dobleces no argumento, nin significados ou reflexións que requiran un nivel de concentración elevado."

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Review of 'Project Hail Mary' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I got about roughly 30% of the way through the book when something significant happened in the story and I put it down because I wasn’t sure I wanted to read an Andy Weir version of first contact. I really enjoyed The Martian, and how it made technical challenges interesting narratively. This does much the same although with a lot more hand-waving certain parts of how the science actually works and extrapolating how to deal with it anyway.

But then there’s the stuff with the alien. Rocky is a cool dude. But also this book isn’t really ever interested in exploring how an alien culture might interact with humanity. We get some cool scenes of Grace and Rocky’s initial attempts and communication through deduction but once that hurdle is cleared there is hardly any exploration of what Rocky’s culture is like. It just happens to be close enough to human …

The Martian 2.0

5 stars

While there are some new developments in this one, it very much feels like another 'The Martian' with a slightly different story. The protagonist is almost the same exact character and a bunch of the other elements feel very similar. I'm still happy with this book, because the elements that are new, are wonderful.

The 'The Martian formula' made some plot points a bit predictable, but I think he did a very good job on this one. This may seem like I'm bashing the book, it's still a fantastic read. I hope he is not sticking too much to his formula in the future, because it was noticeable, though this was still an absolutely worthwhile story to jump into. Please don't stop writing.

Review of 'Project Hail Mary' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Easily the least-believable part of this book is that people would work together to solve a global crisis, no matter how grave. As we've seen with both climate change and pandemic, countries will fight among themselves to even acknowledge that the problem exists. Or maybe that's just the view in the United States....

Once you get past that, though, what a delightful read! So interesting to see such a "what if" scenario and how it could play out with the science. A little campy in parts, sure, but a great story line, plenty of twists, fascinating science, and heart-stopping adventure.

Pure entertainment

5 stars

I think this will be the book I recommend the most this year. It is entertaining from beginning to end. If you like sci-fi or space stories, read it. If you don't, read it anyway because you will laugh. It is very rare that I tear through a book in the span of a day, but, and I apologise for the cliché, I could not put this book down.

Review of 'Project Hail Mary' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Extremely well written, well paced and exciting. Felt very similar to the Martian. If you liked that and disliked Artemis, you'll love this.

I did like Artemis though, and this like the Martian still felt like a basically big empty universe with very few people in it, whereas Artemis felt cool and alive.

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