A Book Review by Finn Watson.
Hail Mary is a novel detailing a mission that is Earth’s last chance at survival. Written by the author of The Martian, Andy Weir, it explores a troubling concept–the complete wipe out of Earth’s population.
A man wakes up from a deep sleep without any memories or knowledge of who or where he is. He quickly discovers he is completely alone, aside from the two corpses of former colleagues and a disembodied voice. Ryland Grace, sole survivor on the Hail Mary (a spaceship outfitted as a science lab), learns he is Earth’s sole hope at survival. He pieces together his mission–he must find the birthplace of a bacterial lifeform that is threatening Earth’s sun.
The novel follows Ryland as he makes discovery after discovery about the bacterial plague effecting his solar system amongst others. He is forced to deal with numerous crises on his mission as he encounters various obstacles both on board and outside the ship.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoy science fiction and adventure novels that have a basis in real world science. The premise is very convincing and believable, and the reader cannot help but get drawn into Ryland’s dilemma.
It is incredibly entertaining, and you cannot stop thinking about it even after you have finished reading it!