Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
**We received an early copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book came out on 4/4/21. We’d like to thank Andy and Ballantine Books for the opportunity.**
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank: Red wine. It was the Seven Deadly Zins, which is one of my favorite drinks. And for some reason seems oddly apt. Also, I’ve taken four finals in the last two days so my brain desperately wanted to check out.
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, part dazzling interstellar journey, 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.
Drunk Overview: Turns out our hero isn’t too heroic. The main character wakes up with no memory and over time starts to remember he’s in space to help figure out how to stop the microbe that’s killing the sun. Also there’s legit aliens.
Drunk Thoughts: Man, after the second Andy Weir book, I wasn’t sure what to think. But god, this book reminded me of all of the best of the Martian while bringing so many fun scifi elements into it.
- Okay, I already mentioned it, and also I don’t care about spoilers right now, there;s fucking aliens!!!
- Honestly, I love the way Andy Weir thought about what would make and alien an alien
- Legit, the culture and habits of the alien are fascinating!!!!!
- And yet, the science in this also feels very real
- I mean, i would hope it was,
- But what the fuck do I know. I’m not in science in the least. And asking my genetics major sister about basic things gets kind of embarassing after a while (hey, I forgot about this basic thing we learned in 9th grade, could you explain it in short words? – I mean, she would. it’s just embarassing to ask)
- I found myself a little annoyed with the unreliable narrator at the beginning
- It may just be me, but reading someone learning things they already know isn’t exactly my favorite
- But, god, the flashbacks in this book are both fun and devastating.
- Man, sometimes I wish I did these sober, because I feel like I’m missing some major parts.
- One of the things I enjoyed was how much Ryland could be incredibly human while also being both likable and unlikable.
- It can be a hard balance, a balance I’m not sure Weir struck correctly in Artemis.
- There is something about Weir’s books when the main character is in a situation they shouldn’t survive that just drags me in. I think part of it is due to the way the characters choose to cope. There’s something in the difference, yet wisdom, in the coping strategies.
- It may just be me, but I pretty much aways try to think about how I would react in that situation. And I can’t science well. I would DEFINITELY die.
- Okay, but the alien, legitimately made me want to cry a few times.
- It’s kind of hard to get a real grasp on something that isn’t supposed to be human and doesn’t function emotionally in the same way that humans do, but fucking Rocky.
- Seriously, this book is a goddamn romp.
- I wish I could read it for the first time again. And I’m definitely going to reread it and pretend I actually understand more of the science than I do…
What I’d Pair it With: Vodka tonic. First, this is at least partially a reference. but I feel like having something light, with that tang of vodka would fit really well.
Rating: 5/5. I’m already planning on rereading this (and probably buying the book as well considering I have it in digital format from the ARC)