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Project Hail Mary Audio CD – Unabridged, 13 July 2021
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A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Martian.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate this audio edition, some changes to the original text have been made with the approval of author Andy Weir.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance; Unabridged edition (13 July 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 171363029X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713630296
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.64 x 17.78 cm
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It was just so well thought out. I imagine some people might find the science a bit too much, but to me it's what makes the book so great! It is imaginative and creative, however everything is explained with science and logic so nothing seemed too unrealistic or farfetched.
I was absolutely hooked from the start. When Ryland wakes up and with no memories, there was so much mystery it was hard to put the book down. I love how the story unfolded and the way Ryland used science and logic to figure things out about himself, where he was and his current situation. The story was told from 2 timelines, Ryland’s current POV and his memories. Normally there is a timeline that is way more exciting, however I felt that there was a good balance as the flashbacks gave context and there wasn’t too much to distract from the main timeline.
Once the mysteriousness of Ryland’s mission wears off, I’m drawn in for a different reason. The unexpected friendship that forms is funny, sweet and heartwarming, one that will stay with me for a long time! I’m normally a fast reader but I had to slow down and savour their moments.
The main characters are so likeable I was rooting for them and I was so touched by their bond. I was more concerned about their wellbeing and upset when they got hurt vs when their mission was in jeopardy, thank god Ryland had his priorities in order!
The twist was unexpected and caught me off guard. I had mixed feelings for Ryland because after all he had been through in the mission I felt there was some injustice for him. However, it did show the contrast of the person he was on earth and the person he had become - someone brave and who had found his purpose, it did create a solid and satisfying ending.
I’m normally more of a romance or psychological thriller fan, however the theme of friendship was the absolute highlight, this book made me want to laugh and cry multiple times. Excuse me while I suffer from the empty feeling after finishing a epic book.
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To be frank, I believe in climate change. I believe the climate changes every three months (roughly); they're called seasons. What I don't believe in is soft science and doomsday predictions based on data that's easily manipulated by activists to say anything they want.
The second problem I have with the book so far is that it reads too much like the The Martian, but without the emotion. There's no reason to like or dislike the characters beyond the superficial aspects of their personalities. Everyone is two-dimensional. The main protagonist spends his days dodging his emotions, and every supporting character on Earth is a stereotype--without enough personality for me to care about any of them.
Maybe things will get better as I continue to read, but only if the author puts away his soapbox and get's back to story-telling.
"The Martian" was a great story. "Artemis" was a great story. This one is better than either of those. If you like science fiction with actual science, this is for you. If you like stories with interesting, well developed characters, this also has that. If you want excitement and a thrilling plot, here you go. If you want romance and sex, well, there you're completely out of luck. But if that was the kind of book you wanted I doubt you'd be reading this review anyway. Speaking of, why *are* you still reading this review? Go read the book!! It's way better than this.
1. The characters are individualized and (mostly) likeable. It’s really nice to have a male protagonist in a sci fi book who’s compassionate, caring, and human.
2. Plot twists and turns kept me reading in spite of some long tedious sections.
3. Alien life forms are creatively and imaginatively rendered.
4. A bit of humor here and there helped enliven the story.
1. The author is mainly concerned with engineering solutions to survival problems–one after the other after the other. Some of these are exciting, but there were just too many.
2. The plot drags on and on as one technical problem after another takes center stage. If you’ve been dealing with computer, electrical or mechanical problems in your own life, you might find the endless series of equipment disasters a bit frustrating to read about.
He has to work out why he’s there, and what he has to do, from scratch. And then work miracles. Or in the words of Mark Witney in the Martian, ‘science the s*** out of it’.
Written in a similar style to the Martian, with sections alternating between Ryland-on-Earth and Ryland -in-Space, it’s hard not to picture Matt Damon as Ryland, but though they share the same love of science trivia, and self-deprecating humour, they are very different.
There’s loads of geeky science as he McGyvers his way from one situation to another. Maybe a little too much if you’re not a science nerd or sci-fi fanatic but I loved it.
I loved the quirky characters of all the ‘supporting actors’ (This is so definitely going to be a film!), especially Rocky. Oh, Rocky! Just... read it, ok?