10 Books Like Project Hail Mary | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir takes readers on an exhilarating and captivating adventure that combines science, suspense and teamwork. Set in a future where Earth is facing an unprecedented crisis, the story follows a middle school science teacher turned scientist named Ryland Grace, who wakes up with amnesia on a spaceship, the Hail Mary, on a mission to save humanity.

If you found yourself enjoying the thrilling scientific adventure of Project Hail Mary, there are a few more books that will pull you into  the grand space opera experience:


The Martian by Andy Weir

It is no surprise that Andy Weir’s previous work, The Martian, deserves a spot on this list. The book follows Mark Watney, an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars, and must do everything he can to survive after being mistakenly left behind during a storm.

With its focus on science, survival, and the indomitable human spirit, this story will grip you from the very first page. Mark Watney’s struggle for survival on a desolate Mars will keep you on the edge of your seat. 


Artemis by Andy Weir

Another Weir novel, that seems to have mixed reviews, but still worth checking out. Set in an inhabited city on the Moon, Artemis follows the adventurous life of Jazz Bashara, a smuggler entangled in a conspiracy. This book is a thrilling blend of lunar exploration, high-stakes heists, and Weir’s signature scientific expertise.


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

If you read Project Hail Mary and are interested in more about planetary exploration, Children of Time will give you the fix you need. The story takes place in the far future, where Dr. Avrana Kern leads a scientific team that has terraformed a planet and released a genetically designed nano-virus to accelerate the evolution of monkeys.

Children of Time focuses on the themes of evolution, the idea of Gods, and two civilisations coming together.   


Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Want a book that has you exploring an alien structure and races? In this awe-inspiring novel, Clarke tells the tale of a mysterious cylindrical alien spaceship that enters our solar system.

As a team of explorers investigates the enigmatic vessel known as Rama, readers are treated to a mesmerizing story of discovery and wonder.


Contact by Carl Sagan

Contact is a must-read for fans of Project Hail Mary who are intrigued by the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. Contact revolves around the concept of contact between humanity and alien race that is more technologically advance.

Carl Sagan weaves together science, philosophy, and political intrigue in a story that explores humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization.


Seveneves by Neal Stephenson


Neal Stephenson presents a gripping narrative where humanity faces the impending destruction of Earth due to an astronomical catastrophe. The story is set in the near future, where an unexplained event shatters the Moon into fragments, leading to catastrophic consequences for Earth.

As scientists predict that debris from the shattered Moon will rain down on the planet and render it uninhabitable, humanity is forced to devise a plan for survival in outer space.

Seveneves combines meticulous scientific research with human drama, exploring the challenges of survival and rebuilding civilization in space.


Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

The first installment of the Mars Trilogy, Red Mars, offers an epic exploration of the colonization and terraforming of Mars. The novel begins in the year 2026 with the first colonial voyage to Mars, aboard the spaceship Ares.

The crew, known as the First Hundred, consists of scientists, engineers, and visionaries who are tasked with establishing a permanent human presence on the planet.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s meticulous attention to scientific and political details paints a vivid picture of the challenges humanity faces in making another planet habitable.


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Swirling with mind-bending concepts and thrilling discoveries, Dark Matter is a gripping science fiction thriller. The story follows the protagonist, Jason Dessen, a college professor and physicist, who wakes up in an alternate reality and must navigate the complexities of this new world in order to find his way back to his family. 

Blake Crouch takes readers on a mind-bending journey through multiple dimensions, identity, and the choices that shape our lives.


Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton

In this expansive space opera, Peter F. Hamilton crafts a future where humanity has ventured to other star systems. The story is set in the late 24th century, where the Commonwealth spans hundred of planets and features advanced technology and interstellar travel.

Pandora’s Star is filled with intricate world-building, diverse characters, and an immersive plot that effortlessly merges scientific exploration, political intrigue, and the mysteries of the universe.


Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

For fans of space opera and interplanetary mysteries, Leviathan Wakes is the perfect choice. The first book in the Expanse series. the novel is set in a future where humans have colonized the Solar System and space travel has become commonplace.

The story follows two main characters, Jim Holden and Detective Miller, who become involved in a conspiracy that threatens to erupt into a full-scale war. James S.A. Corey introduces readers to a future where humanity has colonized the solar system but finds itself entangled in a vast conspiracy that threatens the existence of humanity itself.


If the captivating blend of scientific exploration, high-stakes adventure, and gripping storytelling in Project Hail Mary left you craving more, these 10 books are sure to satisfy your literary appetite.

Have you read Project Hail Mary? Do you have recommendations of your own? Did you enjoy any of the novels on this list? Comment below and let us know.


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