112 pages 3 hours read

Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2021

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Before You Read

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Super Short Summary

In Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, junior high school science teacher Dr. Ryland Grace awakens aboard an interstellar spaceship with no memory and gradually recalls being part of a mission to the Tau Ceti system to save humanity from an alien life form causing solar dimming. As he works on the mission, he forms a friendship with an extraterrestrial named Rocky as they collaborate to stop the cosmic threat affecting both their worlds. Characters face morally complex decisions and extreme survival challenges.

Reviews & Readership

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Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary has received acclaim for its engaging science-driven plot and compelling protagonist. Critics praise the meticulous research and creative problem-solving scenes, yet some find the technical jargon overwhelming. The camaraderie between characters is a standout feature, though a few feel certain parts are overly complex and drag the pacing.

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Who Should Read Project Hail Mary?

Ideal for fans of science fiction with a love for problem-solving, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir appeals to readers who enjoyed The Martian and The Expanse. Its blend of hard science, humor, and high-stakes adventure will captivate those who appreciate meticulously crafted, technology-driven narratives.

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Book Details


Mystery / Crime Fiction

Horror / Thriller / Suspense Fiction

Science-Fiction / Dystopian Fiction


Climate Change

Health / Medicine

Science / Nature


Natural World: Space & The Universe

Values/Ideas: Science & Technology

Natural World: Environment