Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Posted November 30, 2017 in Review / 15 Comments

Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis

by Andy Weir
Published by Random House, Crown Publishing on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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 itselfโ€”and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

I smacked the side of my head a few times when I never got around to reading The Martian by Andy Weir a few years back. The fact that so many of my friends liked the sci-fi story that included a bit of humor (at least that’s the way I heard it was told), when I saw Mr. Weir was coming out with another sci-fi story, I leapt at the chance to read it.ย  I’ve got to say, Mr. Weir is one technical dude but I liked the story he told.

Set on the moon, Artemis is the “city-state” established on the moon in the future. Using by-products of mining on the moon, scientists are able to create a sustainable environment within multiple domes on the surface.

Jazz and her father moved to the moon when Jazz was a very young girl and because her only family is on the moon and her body has adjusted to the gravity, she has absolutely no desire to go back to Earth. She’s not the most “honest” girl in the small “village” of locals on the moon but Jazz is super intelligent. When she can’t catch a break working the legal way, she always resorts to ill-gotten ways.

One particular “too good to be true” scheme turns out to be more than she anticipated and gets Jazz knee-deep into a conspiracy that even Jazz isn’t sure what is at stake.

I absolutely LOVED Jazz! When I saw that Rosario Dawson was narrating the audio I thought, “Well, they nailed that voice down perfectly!” Jazz is of middle eastern decent and you see a lot of that discussed in the story, along with how her father’s faith clashes with her lack of. I loved that she was brainy smart and never looked wrong at someone who was different. I adored how her relationship with Svoboda changed by the end of the book ๐Ÿ™‚

The conspiracy part of the story was very good. I actually wish more time was spent on that rather than all the technical details of welding a seal around barrier or whatever.ย  A little technical jargon is fine by me, but by the end, I wanted the action to flow faster.ย  So, yup, I skimmed some of that jargon. Had to be done. I wanted to know what was up with who was doing what and why!!!!

My other gripe with the story? Under-utilized characters. Rudy? I hardly knew ya. What was up with him and where did he go? And Kelvin? I was disappointed with how that trope panned out. But that one is on me personally. I just thought it was “meh”.

Overall, this was just a middle of the road read for me. I’m sure readers who read the directions to IKEA furniture assembly would love this book.ย  Me? I make my hubs put the dresser together while I watch.

About Andy Weir

ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to pursue writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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15 responses to “Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

  1. ” Iโ€™m sure readers who read the directions to IKEA furniture assembly…”

    LOL! *raises hand* That’s me. I’m the one everyone calls to put stuff like that together. I love it! So yeah, I get into the technical and hard science stuff. Wait, you haven’t read The Martain? Get on that! I read it, but a lot of people said the audio is fantastic. I liked Artemis a lot but LOVED The Martian.
    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted…Artemis by Andy Weir

    • We own The Martian so I think I have to read it. I can’t for the life of me find time to plug in and listen to a book, I just can’t do it!!!

  2. I liked THE MARTIAN a lot, and have been waiting to see some reviews before I decided on this one. I thought the technical stuff in THE MARTIAN was done in a non-snooze way– and for SCIENCE it wasn’t THAT confusing, which surprised me.

    This one has a lot more characters in it, so I’m a tad wary. But I need more sci-fi in my life. Thanks for the review ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • You will like this then, I think. Read Christy’s review (at Christy’s Love of Books) b/c she read The Martian. I was seeing a lot of GR reviews that I thought were unfairly harsh. The technical stuff here wasn’t hard to understand, it just went on and on and on…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • How was Rosario?? I bet she did rock it!! Ya know, I did like the technical, it just went on and on and on. At first, I thought it was awesome how she blew up certain things I won’t mention but towards the end, I wanted ACTION!!!! That’s me…

  3. Ha! this is a great review (love the IKEA comment. I put together all the kitchen cabinets that I got for my kitchen. I loved it). I’ve been debating about trying this story. I loved The Martian. Yes, it is technical, but still a lot of fun. I have heard that the characters in this book were less developed than The Martian. I will probably grab this from the library and not do a full review of it. More of a fun read.
    Melanie Simmons recently posted…A Dragon of a Different Color Audiobook by Rachel Aaron (REVIEW)

    • That totally shocks me that you don’t eat up sci-fi! You’re so well-rounded in everything else, I just assumed ๐Ÿ™‚ If you ever jump in, you may like this one b/c of culture and societal issues that come up with a lawless outpost on the moon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I peeked at the reviews on GR and I thought some of them were so unfairly harsh, comparing Jazz to Mark and saying she’s a female version of him. Ha! Who cares, she’s smart! And as for our furniture? My hubs has moved onto Target put together tables so he’s still putting it all together. I still feel like I’m in college sometimes…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Ya know, I think the masses will love this story and I will be interested to see if they can make it into a movie b/c I would LOVE to see her Middle Eastern culture being represented on the big screen.

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