By Andy Weir
The Official Blurb
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.
(4 of 5 stars)
If you were a fan of the wit and general humor in The Martian, you will not be disappointed here. Artemis was full of quotable laugh out loud moments. Even in more serious times, the main character usually has a way of keeping things a little lighter without drawing away too much from the tension build-up.
Jazz definitely uses her sarcasm and humor as a defense mechanism. This is great for the most part. I will admit though, that come about the last 20% of the book, her sarcasm and badly timed jokes scraped against my nerves a little. In these moments, she went from a strong, independent woman to just seeming a tad too childish. I would just prefer that in a time sensitive situation she didn’t get petty. But, that is probably my only real complaint.
Another great thing about this book is that it includes so many nationalities, races, and religions. For example, Jazz and her father are immigrants to Artemis from Saudi Arabia. It’s very logical to not just assume that Artemis would be an American city on the moon. I think I can safely say, without giving anything away, that the earth organization behind Artemis isn’t even in the states.
As to be expected, this book has a lot of scientific terminology. However, it is done in such a way though that explains everything as it goes without feeling like a boring lecture. It’s not at all hard to follow what is going on.
Overall, this was a very clever and enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see the movie that is already in the works. I highly recommend this book to sci-fi fans in general. Also, I think that if you enjoyed The Martian, chances are, you’re going to like this too.
Artemis doesn’t officially hit shelves until November, but it is up for pre-order! You can get yours here!