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Project Hail Mary: A Novel de Andy Weir
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Project Hail Mary: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Andy Weir (Autor)

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Títol:Project Hail Mary: A Novel
Autors:Andy Weir (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2021), 482 pages
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The Martian in space! Instead of on Mars, our techno hero has to use his scientific wizardry to save himself, and the planet, while in a spaceship, alone, at another star. The tone and style and main character is very much like The Martian, so if you are looking for Weir to go in a different direction, this isn't it. On the other hand, I don't think that mattered. I thought this was fast paced and funny, with interesting science and an interesting plot. In general, everything I'd want from a science fiction novel. It is technical without being too technical.
I thought the science and plot here were unique and well done. A fun read. ( )
  Karlstar | Jul 24, 2021 |
Oh that's a wonderful book. If your read and enjoyed [b:The Martian|18007564|The Martian|Andy Weir||21825181], you'll almost certainly love [b:Project Hail Mary|54493401|Project Hail Mary|Andy Weir||79106958]. The sense of humor mixed with scientific/engineering problem solving is the main strength in both. Great fun.

It's got a wonderful sense of humor:

Ten-foot ladder. I think in imperial units. That’s a clue. I’m probably an American. Or English. Or maybe Canadian. Canadians use feet and inches for short distances. I ask myself: How far is it from L.A. to New York? My gut answer: 3,000 miles. A Canadian would have used kilometers. So I’m English or American. Or I’m from Liberia. I know Liberia uses imperial units but I don’t know my own name. That’s irritating.

And it's chockfull of random SCIENCE:

Cool thing about pendulums: The time it takes for one to swing forward and backward—the period—won’t change, no matter how wide it swings. If it’s got a lot of energy, it’ll swing farther and faster, but the period will still be the same. This is what mechanical clocks take advantage of to keep time. That period ends up being driven by two things, and two things only: the length of the pendulum and gravity.

It only gets better from there.

I think the most ambitious part of the story is that the core of the story (outside of admittedly common) flashbacks is set with only a very very limited cast (read: 1 at first) a long long way from any sort of help. It worked for the Martian, so let's do it again! And it really works here.

What really shines to me though gets a bit into (what I consider minor) spoiler territory. Since it turns out: our main character isn't alone after all, there's a very alien alien out there with him, trying to solve the same problem. Which leads to even more humor and SCIENCE, even better than the first part.

And the best part yet: it's *positive*. Absolutely terrible things are happening/do happen throughout the book, don't get me wrong, but there's always a feel of 'we can fix this', which I hadn't realized how much I love in Sci Fi. Up through the very ending--I don't know if I would have made the same choices, but it really works for the book.

Overall, one of my favorite books this year (if not ever). Makes me want to re-read The Martian! ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I mostly really liked this book. After a really fast and engaging first half - it slowed way down for me for a while. I was highly entertained at the big swings the author took. I felt like there were so many points where he really took turns I never expected him to.

While like The Martian this has a lot of math and science that is strangely palatable for someone like me who normally has little interest in the subjects there were a handful of times when I really felt like I just needed to skim to get past it.

A pretty fun summer read. ( )
  alanna1122 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir

Rating 5/5

I just finished reading this like 5 minutes ago and there is just one word running over and over in my mind. 'Wow'. The story held me in an unrelenting tight grip from the beginning till the end. I need not even say how I survived the last few pages - they were so damn intense! They were gut wrenching and my heart palpitations were perceptible. I am absolutely bowled over! 🙃
I have read one of the previous works of Andy Weir, The Martian, and thought I liked it. It was a lot of science stuff and the guy left alone on Mars by accident learns how to cultivate potatoes and becomes a superhero of sorts when he finds his way back to earth. It didn't seem like a likely scenario though - pure fiction on so many levels. But this book is an absolute masterpiece in the making. It is not only a plausible situation but lays out the characters in a completely relatable way.
Let's jump into the story. So there is a space algae called Astrophage which is growing on planets and consuming light out of them. It eats light from a planet, like say the sun, converts that into mass/weight and uses this energy to migrate to a nearby planet with large amounts of carbon dioxide to multiply/breed. Over a short span of time, this could lead to the death of the source planet of light - like the sun. Two species - from two solar systems that are seperated by over twelve light years - identify this issue and make arrangements (building spaceships using this Astrophage as fuel) to identify source of this algae and means to tackle it. Human, Ryland Grace and Eridian, Rocky meet as they circle the planet Tau Ceti which is free of the Astrophage and which for this purpose they have come to study. Rocky is the super efficient engineer(spider) - very good with his hands and Grace is super smart science guy - very good with his experiments and theories. They are the perfect team - building things, running operations, blowing things up and saving each other along with their planets with billions of lives(how was it done? How did they find a cure to the menace of Astrophage?). And what forms between them as they go through their mission is an almost surreal and spiritual bond that calls not only for really unlikely and stupid actions but also much self sacrifice and selfless love(love between a man and a spider) !! 🥰🥰
Rocky - the alien - I believe will be one of the most favorite characters ever read for me - I haven't catalogued a list but will be at the very top for sure. He is a spider with five arms, lives in an ecosphere with high pressure,high temperature and high gravity. He does fixing things and building things like a pro - probably the best engineer from his planet, Erid. 😍😍
I expected to finish this story a couple of days back but couldn't. It was so good I kept reading and really living through the scenes. Highly recommend to all sci-fi lovers out there!! 😄😁 One of the best books I have read so far this year! It didn't really read like Andy Weir - the style of writing and choice of words was so very different from The Martian. I love this book forever.... ❤ ( )
  nagasravika.bodapati | Jul 20, 2021 |
space infection threatens earth, spaceman meets alien and teams up to save both planets
  foxbins | Jul 18, 2021 |
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