Andy Weir, famous for the book The Martian, has just released his third Novel. In this story, he goes back to his roots of writing about a person trapped in a dire situation with little hope of survival. Yet is willing to do whatever it takes to make it home.
The story takes place at about the current time, it might be the near future. Researchers have found that our Sun is going to die. We have just a few decades to save the Earth. Stars from nearby solar systems are showing the same issues as our sun. Except for one star. So humanity Builds a ship to reach that star in the hopes we can find out how to keep our Sun going.
Ryland Grace is a member of the crew on the ship. He wakes up when they arrive at the distant star only to find the rest of the crew dead. In addition, his memory is fuzzy. He can’t remember the details of the mission nor why he would be on it.
This story is fantastic. I don’t want to say anything that would spoil it for readers. Andy Weir took some risks in how this book is presented. Chapters that are on the ship with Ryland figuring something out, then alternating to chapters of Ryland having a flashback to events on Earth leading up to the spaceship leaving for the mission.
Overall this book was hard to put down. Andy Weir crafted a nice little mystery in this SciFi story. Who is Ryland and why was he on the mission? Even once these questions were answered more questions came up. Which kept going right till the last pages.
If you liked The Martian then you will want to read Project Hail Mary.
A free review copy of this book was provided via NetGalley For this Review.