Project Hail Mary Review


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.

I thought this book was just so well written and paced. The dual timelines gave us much needed context as to who Ryland was the how dire the mission was, which added a layer of urgency and upped the stakes significantly. Having Ryland slowly regain his memories was an ingenious was for the reader to learn about the Alphagae and just how catastrophic this could be.

Ryland was an interesting character for sure. Right from the start when he wakes up and has no idea who or where he is and to see him calculate that he was in space really drew me in to the plot. The way that his character evolved throughout the plot and to see him come to terms with the fact that he was going to die out here and then have that hopefulness return was heart wrenching for sure! The twist at the end where he said no shocked me for sure and to see how he had to accept the fact that he was a coward yet still go ahead with everything really showed his growth.

I loved the fact that Rocky was always just a friend to Ryland. There was no double crossing of any sort and they didn’t stab each other in the back or sabotage the mission in any way. They were simply working together, sharing their expertise to save their worlds. I had this feeling like there would be that twist throughout the course of the plot but I am soooo glad that it didn’t happen and they maintained their friendship. Rocky was the perfect contrast to Adrian and I really enjoyed the comradery between them.

Everything about this book had me on the edge of my seat. I in no way was able to predict what was going to happen next and at every turn I was surprised with how Ryland was able to figure out what to do. All of the science talk really went over my head but it was written in a way that was pretty easy to understand and didn’t slow down the pacing. This book kind of hit a little close to home and feels like it could plausibly happen in this generation so it provokes a lot of conversation about our planet and how we’re affecting it!

⭐️4/5 stars This will have you in the feels!