A review by readundancies
Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
adventurous dark emotional funny informative tense medium-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
Another great read from Andy Weir.
This one was not at The Martian level, but we can't have it all.
The first couple of pages into this I was hit by the realization that I completely forgot how much I loved Andy Weir's sense of humour. It just hits so well for me and I appreciate that to no end because no one likes when humour is attempted and then subsequently fails.
I don't want to get into the plot too much, because I think it's something that you really need to experience without any prior info. But I will say I was fully engaged, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed throughout, and I sped through it because I really wanted to find out how everything would pan out. I didn't want to ever put it down, but alas, real life had other ideas, so I was really happy that it was easy to slip back into when I picked it back up again.
Getting to watch the relationship between Ryland and Rocky was a treat. I enjoyed everything about it. I'm not really sure how believable the progression was with respect to the pacing because time and relativity were definitely wreaking havoc on everything plot related, but I enjoyed it, so really I don't think it matters much if it made sense or not because I was 110% invested.
I would've preferred the ending to give a little more info as to what happened on Earth. I understand that circumstances couldn't exactly allow for that to happen but I still wanted to know.
The full circle teaching moment though? Perfection.
All in all, I think that this delivered everything as expected in terms of my expectations going into it, which is all you can really ask for with a new release from an author you enjoy, so kudos to Mr. Weir for that.
I definitely recommend this one if you enjoyed The Martian, or if you're just in the mood for a solid sci-fi adventure where the stakes are ever high, death is inevitably around every star that surrounds our solar system, and friendship is just as important as saving the human race.
Moderate: Death, Grief, and Forced institutionalization