Thursday, April 8, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

The sun is disappearing.  Can a suicidal mission save it?

Ballantine and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 4th.

This story is a bit dry in the beginning and has all kinds of technical information about what's happening to the sun and what they will need to do to save it.

They lose two of the astronauts before they even leave earth.  Their lab blew up.  So the lady in charge assigns the  teacher to go in their place.  It's because he has a tolerance for the drug they will use to make the journey more passable.  The reason he got involved was a science paper he wrote and published.

He doesn't want to go but she gives him no choice.  When he awakens he finds the other two astronauts have died.  So he's on a spaceship all by himself.  He has to learn how to run it.

The part I liked best is when he sees another ship that's not earthly made.  Then he gets approached by an alien.  They study each other's language and begin to work together to save the sun for their worlds.

This was an interesting read.  The alien is very different from the human.  They have "bugs" they must stop.  Soon they find other "bugs" who eat the first set.  But that's not all they eat...

Will they be able to save the sun? 


Lydia said...

Good review!

Have you read Weir's "The Martian"? I liked that book of his a lot and have high hopes for this one.

Journey of a Bookseller said...

Yes, I read that one, too. He's a good writer.

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