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Project Hail Mary

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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
Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Ballantine Books
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    Project Hail Mary

    Release date: May 04, 2021
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    Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Fans of The Martian
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    ARC provided by Goodreads and the publishers—Ballantine Books, Cornerstone—in exchange for an honest review.

    3.5/5 stars

    Andy Weir is back with a new novel suitable for fans of The Martian.

    “Stupid humanity. Getting in the way of my hobbies.”

    I’m sure I’m not the only that became a fan of Weir’s work because of The Martian. For years I’ve heard such amazing things about The Martian, and it’s not until three m
    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Say what?! *adds to never-ending TBR*
    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I can proudly honestly excitedly announce a GRANDIOSE WINNER now!

    I know my overcooked brain cells don’t have enough capacity to absorb every complicated, detailed, elaborated scientific facts and fantastic world building which amazed me at least thousand times but I fell so hard what I could understand which is enough for me to enjoy this book!

    It truly hugged my inner weirdness and nerdy proportionally!

    Since the Martian I was expecting something equally blistering, earth shattering, marvelous
    Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
    okay. so i almost wrote off AW after the disaster that was ‘artemis.’ but im so glad i gave him another chance, because this was really fun.

    im nowhere near smart enough to understand all of the technical and scientific dialogue in this (im also too lazy to fact check and do any research on the concepts discussed), but that did not stop me from enjoying this. and i honestly wasnt expecting much, so the fact that alien lifeforms are present, by way of a precious alien named rocky, really surprised
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    5 Stars ⭐️

    I loved the Martian, loved Artemis but Project Hail Mary was everything!

    The book starts out with some cray and you don’t want to put it down because you want to know what the hell is going on!!

    The story goes back and forth from the present to the past and how it all came to be.

    My favorite part was when Rocky came onto the scene. I love him so much and if you read the book and don’t love him, there is something wrong with you.

    The book has plenty of science, humor, edge of your seat
    Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Update 10/01/20:

    Friends, let me tell you. Project Hail Mary is INCREDIBLE!

    I finished it last night and I'm still floating around in zero gravity on that spaceship this morning.

    Wow! This is one hell of a story and I would love to tell you more, but as per the publisher's request, my full review will be posted on the book's publication date.

    Add this book to your to-read list, because you will not want to miss it. It's absolutely amazing. Both literally and figuratively out of this world!

    Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2021, science-fiction
    3.5 stars

    This book while not as good as The Martian it was much better than Artemis. I was worried about reading it after my bad experience with Artemis so I honestly didn’t have high expectations, I’m glad to say I ended up enjoying this book a lot -for the most part.

    In case you don’t know the premise, some alien microorganisms (astrophage) are eating the sun’s energy simply put which will make Earth colder and lead to another ice age. The 8th-grade teacher is a scientist who finds himself invo

    Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
    Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
    I requested this book just based on the fact that I enjoyed the movie “The Martian”. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

    The beginning of the book is a little confusing, mainly because our narrator has just woken up from an induced coma and does not really know where he is, why he is there and who the two CORPSES ARE THAT ARE IN THE ROOM WITH HIM!!!!!!!! He is having trouble moving, speaking, etc and is connected by so many IV’s and electrodes that he is completely incapable of doing anything at first.
    Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, sci-fi, space, 2021
    I received a free advanced copy of this from NetGalley for review.

    Amnesia in SPAAAACCCEEEEE!!!

    A man wakes up from an extended induced coma on-board a spaceship alongside two corpses, and he no idea of who he is or how he got there. As he explores the ship, he slowly begins to get his memory back and realizes that he’s Ryland Grace, the sole survivor of a desperate mission to reach another solar system and hopefully find the answers to save Earth from a cosmic catastrophe. With only a sketchy ide
    "Project Hail Mary" is an incredible unputdownable science fiction novel. But it's a far from what most might expect from a space opera. This is a science geek's version of astronaut life. It breaks all the rules of what makes a science fiction novel a great read and offers us scientific theory after scientific theory as Grace tries to solve one mystery after another. You never stop cheering Grace on as he figures out one answer after another only to be befuddled by reality. McGyver would be qui ...more
    Jenny Lawson
    Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm not entirely smart enough to understand all of this book but what I did understand I loved. ...more
    Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it

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    A Russian scientist named Irina Petrova.....

    .....discovers that an arc of infrared radiation extends from the sun's North Pole to Venus, where it spreads out to the width of the planet.

    Researchers learn that the arc, named the Petrova line, is getting brighter as the sun is getting dimmer, and if the phenomenon continues, it will soon result in a catas
    Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
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    Arc provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

    “When I’m stressed out, I revert to imperial units. It’s hard to be an American, okay?”

    Confession time: this is my first time reading Weir’s books and I did not know what to expect. I did not read The Martian (I did not watch it either and I have nothing to say in my defense) and I did not read Artemis. I am not the biggest fan of sci-fi novels but I
    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
    Sadly, although I am truly a big fan of Andy Weir, I have to say this book was not a success for me. It seemed to be too much centered in the science/math vein and I found myself wondering how a Junior High School teacher could achieve the prestige of being chosen for this mission. His "aw shucks" attitude also seemed to be a tad out of character for a man entrusted to save the planet.

    I am upset that this book was just not the right fit for me and I realize that there are many others who did and
    Karen’s Library
    Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    UPDATE: I just found out that Ray Porter is narrating the audiobook! YES!!! Pre-ordered and can’t wait to reread by audio!

    Original review:
    I had a major book hangover after finishing Project Hail Mary, and I do believe this took over as my favorite book of all time. That award went to Andy Weir’s The Martian these past few years... until now.

    This book was definitely my most anticipated read for 2021, and not only was it every thing I hoped it would be, it seriously blew my socks off.

    Ryland Grac
    Well, this is an exceptionally exciting moment.
    ARC received!!!

    Thank you so much, Ballatine Books! I am really psyched to get into this one.
    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Just when I'd given up, my NetGalley request for this book got approved! This time Andy Weir came much closer to the magic that was The Martian. :)

    4.5 stars. RTC.
    Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This may be my favorite of all the Andy Weir stories I have read. It's an easy must read.

    It surprised me and even made me cry. As always Andy's signature self-deprecating humor brings levity just when you need it. Plus I learned lots of science minutiae - which grounds the story and makes it believable - that suddenly feels super important and makes me wonder what other critical knowledge I've jettisoned given easy internet access.

    There's so much more I want to say and ask Andy about this. How
    NAT.orious reads ☾
    Jan 16, 2021 marked it as to-read
    I just found a reason to want to tryt to make it through another couple of pandemic months.
    Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Oh, I really loved this! This book takes everything that was great about The Martian and adds a wonderful new element (which I’m not going to mention, to avoid spoilers). I like how all of the science elements are worked out in such detail, but not to such a degree that it bogs down the story (and easy enough for me, a non-scientist, to follow).
    Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    Rating: 9.5/10

    Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Project Hail Mary for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

    Project Hail Mary is The Martian turned up to 11. This is Weir’s best novel to date, and that is certainly saying something when the same author wrote one of the best science fiction novels (and debuts) of all-time just under a decade ago.

    Liked Mark Watney? You’ll love Ryland Grace.

    So, I loved The Martian. I thought it was one
    Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I loved, loved, loved this. I loved it even more than Weir's first book, "The Martian," which was 5/5 stars for me. "Project Hail Mary" has everything I enjoyed about "The Martian," plus a plot that is even crazier and more thought-provoking. It also has a lot of heart; I cried at least three times. Many thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine for the advance copy! ...more
    Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars for this book.Thanks so much to the folks at Netgalley for giving me access to this ARC of Andy Weir oncoming book. While I can’t give away too many aspects of this book for fear of spoiling it for future readers but what I can say is that if you love the Martian and how the science was represented in it then you will appreciate this book too. The book is told in a back to back format with one chapter dedicated to the main character remembering how they got to this position (alone in a ...more
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    Sonja Arlow
    3.5 stars

    If you have read any of the authors books you know his signature style is to have stories that incorporate a lot of plausible sounding science to backup the storyline.

    I have to say this was a huge improvement on my experience with Artemis but not quite as gripping as The Martian. So this one falls in between these two.

    I do think there were a few sections of redundant sciency over-explanation just for the sake of it. Like a smart geeky guy telling a story and tripping it up a little with
    Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Confession time: I’ve never actually read The Martian. I heard so many people raving about it, and I saw the movie, but once I’d seen the movie I didn’t really feel any urge to read the book. I’m rethinking that decision now, just because I loved Project Hail Mary so much.

    Project Hail Mary has a more speculative premise than the Martian, but still grounded heavily in science, without getting too opaquely technical and hard for t
    Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~
    I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings.

    Overall rating : 5*
    Writing skill : 5*
    Characters : 5*
    Plot: 5*
    Suspense: 5*

    I need to write this review now. Before my bf kills me for continuing to talk to him about it. I said to him last night there's no point reading anything else because it wont get better than this. And of course I will continue to read through this mighty book hangover but its sa
    Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I liked this so much!! Junior High Science teacher, Ryland Grace, is in a spaceship on a mission of rescue and survival, although he doesn’t remember how or why -- or even what his own name is! He finds that he is alone on the ship, as his two team members have died on the journey. Gradually he starts to remember what is happening and what he is supposed to be doing -- saving the world! -- with some unexpected help along the way.

    I hesitate to say too much because I so enjoyed being surprised by
    Meg (fairy.bookmother)
    Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This was SO much fun! It's a throwback to the humor and style of The Martian, and I LOVE the conversations between Grace and Rocky.

    Review to come!
    Liz Barnsley
    Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Returning to the heady mix of science and humour that defined “The Martian” Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary is an absolute joy to read, with equal amounts of laughing out loud and hanging from the edge of a reading cliff…extremely entertaining and despite it’s science fiction scenario highly believable.

    Our main protagonist awakes far far from home, with only the dead for company and a distinct inability to remember what the heck he is doing there. Add to that he’s about to face a first contact sit
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