Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir

Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

  • Release Date: 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Adventure
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 4,088 Ratings)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly), cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor, and fascinating science—in development as a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling.

ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST BOOKS: Bill Gates, GatesNotes • New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • “An epic story of redemption, discovery and cool speculative sci-fi.”—USA Today

“If you loved The Martian, you’ll go crazy for Weir’s latest.”—The Washington Post

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, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver, 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.


  • Incredible book!

    By Blueyeraven
    So we’ll written with characters and scenes that make you apart of them. I didn’t want the story to end. I highly recommend this book!
  • Another voctory

    By Wineldr
    Simply awesome read. Done in record time, could not put it down. Weir outdoes Artemis and the hard-to-beat The Martian. Make this a motion picture please!

    By motherinlawsadvice
  • Hail Mary

    By MJWVermont
    I enjoyed the story and the mix of math, physics, chemistry and biology. Well done.
  • A fun and fast read

    By Opi29
    Great stuff.
  • Better Than The Martian

    By Colin11
    I was in tears at the end. Many twists and turns that had me laughing one minute and on edge the next. Such a great and engaging tale!
  • He made me want to hug Rocky!

    By rpc36
    Book Report: “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir. Ohmagosh I loved this story! I read and loved Andy Weir’s “The Martian” years ago. I see that he wrote “Artemis” in between these two, so I’m getting my hands on that right away. Andy Weir is a self-proclaimed space nerd, has a great sense of humor, and writes a heck of a page-turning science fiction story. I cut my literary teeth on science fiction when I was a kid and asked for a book that wasn’t a “kid book.” My dear ol’ Dad handed me “The Door Into Summer” by Robert Heinlein which I still love and reread every once in a while just to review the treasure of that story. I have enjoyed a lot of science fiction over the years, but no one until Andy Weir has approached the quality, skill, humor, and storytelling ability as my beloved Robert Heinlein. “Project Hail Mary” is a story of an emergency response to the worst environmental disaster that can be imagined - the sun is going out! Middle school science teacher, Ryland Grace, is one of the many tagged to help find solutions. He was not just a 7th grade science teacher. He had several very advanced degrees, but disagreements with the upper scientific echelons caused him to retreat to the classroom. Along with many others, this teacher figures out the problem and envisions a solution calling for one-way interstellar travel. In a series of mishaps and mayhem, our teacher finds himself light-years away from home, alone, and recovering from coma-induced amnesia. Coincidentally, there is another spacecraft close by. He and the lone inhabitant of that ship meet, learn to communicate, and become close friends. Together they search for a solution to save both their worlds. The author describes this alien friend in a way that makes him at first scary, horrifying, cringe-inducing, and ghastly. Shortly though, and especially by the end of the book, you want to give this creature a hug and kiss, or at the very least, a fist bump. A writer that can do that definitely gets an A+++ and five star rating!
  • Great book!

    By xonnol
    I was pleasantly surprised with direction the book took. Great read!
  • Loved it. Didn’t want it to end!

    By Javair
    An amazing, and quite ORIGINAL adventure! I saw and felt everything. Thanks to the skill of Weir, I followed the science effortlessly, with the resulting tensions, victories and humor. Amazing read that allows you to feel like you are living it.
  • Great read

    By JavaKnight3
    Interesting plot. Interesting personalities. Another great work of scientific, what-if fiction.