Projekt Hail Mary

eBook, 512 pages

Published by Muza.

4 stars (464 reviews)

Samotny astronauta musi uratować Ziemię przed katastrofą. Czas płynie nieubłaganie, a oddalony o lata świetlne od innych ludzi Ryland Grace jest zdany wyłącznie na siebie. Ale czy na pewno?

Z załogi, która wyruszyła na straceńczą misję ostatniej szansy, przeżył jedynie Ryland Grace. Teraz od niego zależy, czy ludzkość przetrwa. Tylko że on na razie nie ma o tym pojęcia. Z początku nawet nie pamięta, kim jest, więc skąd ma wiedzieć, czego się podjął i jak ma tego dokonać? Na razie wie tylko tyle, że przez bardzo długi czas był pogrążony w śpiączce. A po przebudzeniu znalazł się niewyobrażalnie daleko od domu. Całkiem sam, jeśli nie liczyć ciał zmarłych towarzyszy…

17 editions

Engaging book that frustrated me immensely

3 stars

This book has an engaging plot that kept me hooked. It was fun watching the main character solve problems. It's always great to see some sci-fi that takes astronautics and space seriously rather than hand-waving it away with artificial gravity and FTL. Even if it is curiously done: there are no checklists in the spaceship, no packet of information on the crew in case of amnesia despite otherwise meticulous preparation.

It's a pity the author didn't put anywhere as much effort in the biology in the book as he did into the astronomy and physics. Rocky was fun but the astrobiology was kind of paper-thin. The panspermia implied doesn't line up with what we know about the development of life on Earth. Also: (view spoiler)

Also frustrating were the reactionary gender politics. Stratt, the leader of the project, will only accept heterosexual men as astronauts on the basis of reactionist …

reviewed Der Astronaut by Andy Weir

Ein Mann alleine Im All auf einer verzweifelten Mission

4 stars

Ich war anfangs etwas überrascht. Stilistisch hatte ich den Eindruck ungeschliffene Fanfiction vor mir zu haben. Es wirkte alles etwas sprachlich einfach. Ich weiß nicht wie ich es besser beschreiben soll, ich hoffe ihr versteht was ich meine. Im hinteren Teil des Buches wurde dieser Eindruck dann aber weniger.

Inhaltlich ist es eine recht lineare Geschichte die in zwei Zeitebenen erzählt wird. Die aktuellen Geschehnisse und Erinnerungen wie es dazu gekommen war. Zusammengefasst, ohne viel zu verraten: Ein Mann, ein Schiff, eine Mission und ganz viel Wissenschaft.

Irgendwie wächst einem der Protagonist ans Herz. Er schwankt zwar ständig zwischen Wissenschaft und impulsiven Handeln aber das ist ja nur menschlich. Und so fieberte ich am Ende richtig mit. Insbesondere bei der Wendung als ich schon das Gefühl hatte das Buch wäre gleich zum Schluss gekommen.

Ich weiß echt nicht was sich deutsche Verlage denken wenn sie die Titel festlegen. "Der Astronaut"? …

Goodreads Review of Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

4 stars

In Project Hail Mary, the sun is going out. Huge bummer. We also don't know why, and it's happening to many stars in the local area of the galaxy. But we figure out why! And we also find one system where the star ISN'T going out even though it should. So we gotta throw together a ship and crew as quickly as possible to investigate, find a solution, and get it back to Earth in time to save the sun. Enter Ryland Grace, one of the crew members of this ship. He doesn't know any of that though, because he woke up on the space ship billions of miles from home without his memory. As his memory returns, he has to work to figure out who he is, what he's doing, and how to save his home. After a shocking discovery in this alien solar system, he has new exciting …

Project Hail Mary

4 stars

After reading The Mote in God’s Eye, I realized that Garrit Franke, a fellow Fosstodon member, finished reading this book, so I decided to give it a try too.

I have to admit that at first I was a little bit hesitant about this book, because it is a written in first person, and it also starts out with ammnesia and also flashbacks. But after that I got used to the writing style pretty quickly and started to really get into the main story and the mystery behind everything happening around our protagonist.

The story follows a lone astronaut that finds himself facing impossible odds every step of the way. The way the plot is revealed and how it moves forward every chapter is great. The scientific elements are pretty accurate and that was something I found really interesting. It reminded me a lot of Jules Verne’s novels that usually …

Absolute Favorite

5 stars

This book instantly became one of my top 10 favorites.

The humor and the science is a big draw for me. Everything is so thuroughly explained to the point where you learn while you're sucked into the world and environment. The chemistry is the most interesting that I have ever read.

Right around the half-way mark I started to fall into the world more. I was sucked in and couldnt get out. Once I finished I just stared at the page hoping that once I blinked more pages would appear; I just wanted more even though the ending was quite succinct.

This is absolutely a great read, another banger by Andy Weir~!

Suspend your disbelief and like math, I guess.

2 stars

I'm not a math nerd, but if I were, this would have been more like 4 stars. I am, however, other kinds of nerd and I found the non-math parts of the book to be absolutely bonkers, but not in the joyful way. Weir has given us a protagonist with zero backstory. And I don't mean his amnesia. He ends up remembering how he got on the ship, but apparently those few months were all there was to his life. There's no family, no friends, no flings, no hobbies, no likes or dislikes--and mind you, the book is almost 500 pages in length. When he does finally make a friend, he doesn't even notice that it's the first friend he's ever had. There's no emotional interiority to this guy at all. He's just there to solve puzzles. This is truly science fantasy, not science fiction. There's nothing believable about the …

A delightful read

4 stars

This was a delightfully geeky book. The story plays in a near future or alternate present. In terms of science, it seems well thought out. The fictional part of the science is goofy and fun and makes for a great premise. As the story progresses, there is a number of plot twists and each chapter ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. The story is one of both desperation and hope. Still, the tone is light-hearted and even humourous at times.

The ending is a bit too Hollywoodsy for my taste and does not entirely match the premise. It feels a bit like the author is trying to please the audience too much,.

Bost izar

5 stars

Nobela hau irakurri aurretik pentsatzen dudana da: Berriro The Martian nobelaren bertsio bat irakurriko al dut? Ze aspergarria, ezta? Ba premisa antzekoa den arren (espazioan galdutako tipo batek aurrera egin behar du nola edo hala) The Martian bezainbeste gustatu zait, eta ez badidazu sinisten, zuk zeuk irakurri. Ez dizut nobela destripatuko, zertaz doan ez jakitea bere xarmaren parte delako. Gora Rocky.

Review of 'Project Hail Mary' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

In Project Hail Mary, the sun is going out. Huge bummer. We also don't know why, and it's happening to many stars in the local area of the galaxy. But we figure out why! And we also find one system where the star ISN'T going out even though it should. So we gotta throw together a ship and crew as quickly as possible to investigate, find a solution, and get it back to Earth in time to save the sun. Enter Ryland Grace, one of the crew members of this ship. He doesn't know any of that though, because he woke up on the space ship billions of miles from home without his memory. As his memory returns, he has to work to figure out who he is, what he's doing, and how to save his home. After a shocking discovery in this alien solar system, he has new exciting …

Review of 'Project Hail Mary' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is my first review of a book and is a kind of reaction to the one star commentaries that I saw. For sure I have read The Martian a while back and I can see that this book is similar, but I think a lot of people enjoy it (like I did) because of those similarities. Sure, there are a lot of cliché characters but in the kind of hopefully vision of the future that is lacking right now. The stereotipe of scientists from Russia, China, America and other places that set aside differences to save the world is a much needed hope that if the world is at stake we will all come together. Sure, the book is not all fairies and rainbows, the hero is actually a coward sent against is will to save humanity and in the mean time there is almost a surety that there …

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