This post contains affiliate links.  This is one of my most challenging book reviews to write because I know Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir is a great book, but it’s not my kind of book.  To give you an idea, I started this on a long drive from Arizona to Michigan and I didn’t finish it until over a year later after we moved to New York.

Cover of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

About Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is a science teacher who wakes to find himself in a space ship with two corpses near him.  He slowly begins to remember how he got where he is.  Once he knows where he is and how he got there, he has to figure out if there is any way to survive or if he will end up like his two deceased crew mates.

The book shifts back and forth between Grace in his current situation and flashbacks of how he got to be where he is now.  The story takes a fascinating turn that drew me into the book.

My Thoughts on the Book

I listened to the audiobook, and I loved the narrator.  His narration grabbed my attention, and I loved the quirky, humorous ways he said some things.  I didn’t feel as if I was listening to someone reading the book; instead, I felt like Ryland Grace was telling me his story.

Later in the book, Ryland Grace is no longer alone, and I enjoyed the book even more at this point.

The story itself was a fascinating one, so I know it’s a good book.  There were plot twists and unexpected happenings.  However, I couldn’t get past the endless scientific details.  The heavy science information weighed me down and caused me to finish this book VERY slowly.  I would have appreciated less minute details and more of the excellent story, though I am likely in the minority based on all the five-star reviews people give this book.

I give Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans scale.  If I enjoyed science, I would have easily given this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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