I think I’ve found my favourite book of the year. Possibly favourite book of all time. Okay, I’m getting ahead of myself here, but hand on heart, I haven’t felt this way about a book in a really long time. I’m not even sure how Project Hail Mary got onto my radar but it was probably thanks to Goodreads. I haven’t read any of Andy Weir’s other novels but I’ve obviously seen the movie adaption of The Martian and thought it was great, so that was enough for me to plunge into a Sci-Fi book that I otherwise would have been quite apprehensive about.
It starts with our main character waking up inside a space craft with no idea who he is, where he is, or how he got there, so it’s a gripping read from the very first page. We soon learn his name is Ryland Grace, and he’s a scientist on a mission to save Earth from something known as Astrophage that is basically absorbing our sun’s energy, dimming it and threatening to plunge us into another ice age within years. If that sounds complicated, it is! I’m not even going to pretend that I understood half of the science in this story, but it’s written in such a way that you don’t need a PHD to enjoy it.
Ryland Grace is such a fun character – he’s wickedly smart but also sarcastic and funny, and reading the events from his perspective is a lot of fun. The most joy actually comes from a friend of Ryland’s but to tell you more would be giving too much away and I’d rather not talk about any spoilers. Just know that the friendship between Ryland and “Rocky” is the greatest I’ve ever read about!
I’m primarily a movie fan and so I can’t help but wonder when I read, would this book make a good movie? Project Hail Mary would be an EXCELLENT movie. There’s one particular element which I’m not sure how filmmakers would translate to the big screen but the rest would be so entertaining. There’s a stomach-dropping twist that would be so great on screen. So, imagine my excitement when I read that the movie rights to the book have already been bought and Ryan Gosling has been attached to play Ryland Grace! I had Paul Rudd pictured in my mind, but Ryan Gosling would be equally great, I’m sure.