Andy Weir’s new novel has been highly anticipated since it was announced. I was very much looking forward to it. I really enjoyed the Martian, as did most people - it was a real crossover hit. Artemis, his second novel, less so. I enjoyed it, but his lunar heist novel showed some real deficiencies in plot and characterization. So I was excited when the publisher and NetGalley gave me an eARC, but a little trepidatious.
While clunky in parts and overly long, Hail Mary delivers. Mostly, it is enjoyable because it replicates the enjoyable parts of the Martin. Like the Martian, this book consists mainly of first person narration, science puzzles and too much exposition, ratcheting tension cause by solving one problem only for another to arise.
Weir also creates a realistic, believable first contact scenario. I don’t want to spoil anything but the alien/human interaction is one of the best parts of this book.
If you liked the Martian, you’ll probably enjoy the heck out of this book.