60 Second Book Review: Project Hail Mary (No Spoilers)

I recently finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (author of The Martian). At 478 pages, it only felt like 40. Interestingly, I didn’t think I was going to like it based on the first few chapters, but with so many good reviews floating around, I decided it deserved a fair shot.

And damn, did it deliver.

Ryland Grace, the main character, is an unbelievably smart science teacher. And I don’t mean “unbelievably” as a compliment. I mean I do not believe anyone could be as smart as him. That’s my only knock against the book.

But then I decided to let that small nitpick go, and voilà, the story began to delight me at every turn. And why shouldn’t it? Some other equally impossibly crazy stuff happens in the book, so it’s not outlandish to think Ryland could be as smart as he is.

This is a combination of space thriller, epic adventure, and unlikeliest friendship book all wrapped into one. It’s been awhile since I stayed up past my bed time reading. It felt so good that I have since gone on a mission of my own to find similar page-turners. My fiction spirit has been rekindled by Project Hail Mary.

I hear the movie rights have already been sold and I cannot wait to see how they portray Ryland’s friend. I actually chuckled out-loud as Andy Weir described him throughout the story and even teared up at a few different points where he was the focal point. That’s all I’ll say about him. You won’t be disappointed.

My Book Rating Scale:

  1. didn’t bother finishing it
  2. finished it out of spite because I spent money on it
  3. finished it willingly
  4. looked forward to reading it each day
  5. stayed up late reading it at least once
  6. so good I wish it had been longer
  7. such an amazing book I’m surprised I didn’t write it

I would rank Project Hail Mary at a solid 5.

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