Artemis by Andy Weir


by Andy Weir

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
That’ll have to do.
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.

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3 of 5 stars

At first blush I was geeking out while reading Artemis. The attention paid to the details of the colony on the moon was fascinating. I could absolutely see the setting as it was meant to be. I loved the start of this book. Then when I read more about Jazz Bashara and her shenanigans I was definitely not that enthused about continuing to read Artemis at that point.

I liked that Jazz’s father was a welder and that she was quite talented in that aspect. It gave credibility to all her talk of specifications and manufacturing aspects that takes place throughout the story. I have no background in anything engineering but I felt that the description of the development of Artemis and daily life that took place was realistic. That kept me highly motivated to keep reading.

Jazz’s character was quite immature, obnoxious, and yet quite gifted. Perfect stereotype of brilliant delinquent who could have done great things if only she applied herself. Her get rich quick scheme did not have the intended outcome and she quickly found herself on the run. It was around the fifty percent mark where the book really picked up for me and I started to slightly enjoy Jazz’s character.

Now, as the story went on Jazz started to grow on me. Even though she got herself in a terrible situation I enjoyed that it was not limited to just what she involved herself with. There was a political aspect integrated into the plot that did not show itself until much later in the story when all the pieces started coming together. Loved that as well as the “we take care of our own” vibe that came through.

I will say that by the end of the story I was liking Jazz quite a bit. I think for me once I realized her motivation for why she needed money so badly my heart melted for this character. That and the fact that she really is quite the anti-hero, I can get behind that for sure as well as the supporting characters in this story. They are all quite interesting and add a lot of humor but they are also one dimensional. I really wanted to know more about them rather than a one sentence explanation for their motivation in relationship to Jazz.

By the time I finished reading Artemis, I was glad that I took the time to read it. There were parts that I really liked, the plot, life on the moon, but there were also parts that I didn’t really enjoy but managed to find the silver lining, Jazz Bashara. It was a real mix of enjoyment and eye-rolling. Overall, I can’t say that Artemis is a book that I would highly recommend but I would not discourage you from giving it a try either.

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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