Artemisby Andy Weir
Published by Random House, Crown Publishing on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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.
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.
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. 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 🙂
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. A little technical jargon is fine by me, but by the end, I wanted the action to flow faster. 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. Me? I make my hubs put the dresser together while I watch.