REVIEW: Artemis by Andy Weir
SYNOPSIS: Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
GENRE: Science Fiction
RATING: ★★★★☆/ 4 Stars!
REVIEW: I received a free copy of this book from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re just expecting The Martian 2.0 then it’s probably best to put ARTEMIS down and just reread The Martian. Chances are you’ll be disappointed otherwise because ARTEMIS is an entirely different book. Sure you still get some science and nerdy explanations that the everyday person has no desire to verify and you also get a sarcastic main character that sounds great on paper but if you were to try and emulate IRL you’d get slapped…but that’s where the comparisons end. And rightly so! You should go into this book with a fresh and clean slate.
I enjoyed the lunar heck out of this book. I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read some other reviews where the main complaint is that the main character, Jazz, is unbelievable as a female character and that she was clearly written by a man. I DISAGREE to the majority of those sentiments. I identified with Jazz so much, her personality and thought processes mirrored my own. Now I may not be a criminal with a strong sense of moral ethics on the moon slamming down hard liquor (although I wouldn’t turn down a bourbon or cognac if you offered), but I am a woman. I’m feminine but I’m not “girly” and my sarcasm level is high. So I found it interesting to see, after I had read the book and formed my attachments, that others claimed that Jazz wasn’t a believable female character. But eh! To each their own opinion!
Beyond Jazz, I really enjoyed the mix of characters that Weir created. From the law to the scientists to the political officials to the goons, I loved them all. Each had a purpose that was carefully woven into the greater story. Their back-stories unfolded and got wrapped up in the caper that began to unravel, it was effortless to read. And my sympathies and understanding for Jazz’s father… I have a feeling my own could empathize.
As for the moon heist and conspiracy, I don’t want to spoil a thing! Like I already said, it has Weir’s scientific nerd marks all over it. I love it when those scientific explanations get woven into the narrative. I always find it fascinating. AND there is plenty of action and adventure so the writing doesn’t get bogged down or boring. It’s a great adventure. I want more!
Overall, I loved this book and was happy to recommend it to friends and family. I have an awesome cousin who also throws his love of the story behind my review. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.