Andy Weir, of The Martian and Artemis fame recently put out his third novel, Project Hail Mary. In his most expansive work yet, Weir takes us out of the Solar system entirely to meet Ryland Grace, an astronaut who wakes up with no memory on an interstellar starship. As he slowly pieces his memories back together, he learns a horrifying truth: Earth is dying. Or more specifically, the Sun is being colonized by a strange “space algae” called Astrophage, which is absorbing sunlight, causing it to dim enough to plunge Earth into a new ice age. Ryland has been sent on a mission to Tau Ceti, the only nearby star that doesn’t seem to have Astrophage, to try to find a way to fix the Sun. Unfortunately…it’s a one way trip. And also, things are only starting to get crazy.
I definitely liked this book. It has some interesting new ideas and is mostly well-researched, and most importantly, it tells an engaging story with a very relatable main character. However, I felt like it was a bit too overextended to quite live up to the quality of Weir’s other books.
My rating: 4 out of 5.Continue reading