Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir


Comparisons with Weir's earlier novel The Martian, are inevitable as Project Hail Mary is also a story about salvation and survival through science. Like the earlier novel's stranded astronaut Mark Watney, our hero Ryland Grace is a loveable scientist whose odd quirks and screwball sense of humour immediately make him relatable. While the prevailing theme of The Martian was one of hope, Hail Mary's is one of desperation. Mankind and Grace must confront a civilisation ending natural disaster, resorting to ever more desperate and drastic measures to ensure the survival our species. I highly recommend giving it a shot, much like The Martian it should appeal to a broad readership. Even if you're not a fan of science fiction. – David