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Book of the Month

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission - and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crew mates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realises that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that's been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it's up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.

"I LOVED this book. After the first line I was addicted, and like any other addict it was all I could focus on for the duration. Practically every waking moment was spent reading this book and when I did manage to get some sleep I was dreaming about the thing. Did I say I really enjoyed it? Like any of his previous stories, there's loads of 'sciencey' bits (the majority of which meant nothing to me) but that DOESN'T matter! They simply add to the sheer drama of the situation the two protagonists find themselves in. I was literally in tears by the time I'd finished, not just because of the plotline but more to do with the fact that it had ended. How was I going to enjoy reading anything else after being immersed in the zero-gravity world of Project Hail Mary? This book is a MUST read."

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Project Hail Mary,

Andy Weir

The Book Club is now part of Steve Wright In The Afternoon, where Steve will interview the chosen authors each month, and also have brilliant guest stars on the show to talk about the books too.

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Steve has said about the Book Club: "Books have boomed in lockdown, with thousands of people rediscovering the joy of reading, so it's great news that the Radio 2 Book Club will move to afternoons where it will get the full bells and whistles Big Show treatment!"

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