I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Artemis by Andy Weir
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
When I found out that Andy Weir was writing a heist story set on the moon, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Artemis was a highly entertaining read that definitely lived up to its description. I would like to note though that you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice if you go in expecting this to be The Martian. The same humor, wit, and excellent writing are present but Artemis is a very different book.
After struggling to make it by on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, Jazz Bashara can’t turn down a lucrative offer, particularly one related to committing a perfect crime. Unfortunately, she’s soon in over her head. Her survival, and possibly that of Artemis itself, become dependent on her ability to pull off a gambit bigger than anything she’s tried before.
Jazz is a narrator that you’ll either love or hate (which will likely determine how much you enjoy this book). She’s a bit immature and I felt as if Weir struggled a bit with writing a female protagonist. However, I also loved her ingenuity and her approach to solving problems. Plus, she knew what she wanted from the world and found a way to make it happen. Yes, she is somewhat similar to Mark Watney but, ultimately, they are two different individuals who are unique due to their differing histories and ambitions. Additionally, Jazz is a very morally gray character, which I personally loved.
This was very much a heist committed using science. There were a ton of details about the planning stages. I personally loved those details but I know some readers won’t. The pay-off for waiting through the build-up is absolutely worth it. Also, I loved the ending. However, I did think it was a bit weird that, except for Jazz, all of the main characters were male. I couldn’t really connect with them and they all kind of felt like stereotypes.
Overall, Artemis was an entertaining read full of adventure, science, and Weir’s trademark humor. If you enjoy heist stories, definitely give this one a try.