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Project Hail Mary is definitely my favorite sci-fi book I have read (probably one of my favorite books EVER), and by far one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. I had SO MUCH FUN listening to this book, and didn’t want it to end.
Andy Weir is without a doubt a very smart human being. I can’t fully fathom all of the knowledge of science and astrophysics that went into this. But although there is a lot of science in this book, the narrative makes it such a fun read.
Ryland Grace is a science teacher who wakes up on a spaceship with no memory of how he got there, or even who he is. The narrative alternates between memories of the past and exploring his surroundings in the present, and he soon discovers he is Earth’s last hope for survival. I think discovering the specifics of the mission through the flashbacks adds to the whole dread of the situation and the mission.
I loved Ryland. He is such a fun narrator. He is a nerdy science teacher who gets excited about science and has a great sense of humor. I loved his enthusiasm and his nerdgasms. His inner dialogue was hilarious, and his dialogue with other characters was equally funny.
“Once again I’m struck by melancholy. I want to spend the rest of my life studying Eridian biology! But I have to save humanity first. Stupid humanity. Getting in the way of my hobbies.”
“I penetrated the outer cell membrane with a nanosyringe.”
“You poked it with a stick?”
“No!” I said. “Well. Yes. But it was a scientific poke with a very scientific stick.”
And Rocky is by far my favorite character in any book ever.
I would definitely recommend listening to the audiobook version of this book. The narration was done extremely well, and Rocky’s dialogue was fun.
It was a bittersweet ending for me, and I have to admit I got pretty teary-eyed. In a good way. I think I was also crying because I was finished and I didn’t want it to end. I had so much fun reading this book and can’t recommend it enough!!