I read THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir last year and loved it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on ARTEMIS. I almost wish I had read this books first. ARTEMIS is good, but it is a completely different type of story.
Jazz Bashara is a low-level porter. She is living on the first colony on the moon called Artemis. This lunar colony is the first of it’s kind. The people living there were all chosen for their skills. Jazz was moved there because of her father’s skills. Jazz and her father had a falling out so now she dreams of having a place of her own and does some smuggling on the side to make ends meet. When a deal comes up that is too good to pass up, Jazz steps up to become Artemis’ most wanted. Jazz finds herself wanted by more than just the Artemis cops when she stumbles upon some information that shows her little colony is full of corruption.
The good news about ARTEMIS:
The science is still there. In THE MARTIAN, I almost felt overwhelmed by the science, I admit that I was confused at times. The science was a lot over my head. I loved that about the book, but it was a bit much. In this book, there is less science and more of a story. Science still plays a huge role in this book but that isn’t the only thing going on.
Jazz is a really interesting character. She is fully grown and knows who she is. She has big aspirations and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants in life. Jazz is witty, snarky and very sure of herself. She isn’t shy about her sexuality or the fact that she is is surrounded by men most of the time. She is proud of the place she lives and her love for Artemis is infectious.
This story is fast paced. It isn’t long before we are in a high stakes game of life or death with Jazz. There is real danger for Jazz. Well, there is danger for the whole colony in this tale at some point. The author doesn’t let us forget that we are on the moon. There are many details weaved into the story that remind the reader that outside of this colony is the vacuum of space. Space walks happen and not everything is picture perfect.
Humor happens in this story and it is well timed and appropriate. This book is written for adults, about adults. Expect Jazz to show up in a bar and talk about her sexual promiscuity. There were quite a few funny moments in this story. I didn’t laugh out loud but I smiled as I read and related to Jazz as someone who speaks fluent sarcasm.
Artemis has a small town feel and a real sense of community. I loved the descriptions of what living in a colony on the moon might be like. Living space in this colony of 2,000 people is at a premium and even hotels do not offer loads of space. There are hotels in Artemis, of course, for the earth-living folks to come visit and see the site where the first men walked on the moon. Artemis is a place that appealed to me even with the cramped living.
The not so great news about ARTEMIS:
Well, I would be a complete liar of I said this book was completely perfect. Jazz is great but, I didn’t find her very relate-able. She doesn’t talk, think, or act like any woman I have ever met or read about. She sounds, acts, and thinks more like a man.I kinda liked that about her but I know some readers will have issues with a woman so confident.
Jazz’s confidence is through the roof, so she takes chances a person with a shred of doubt would never consider. She suffers a bit from overconfidence. Maybe Jazz is a bit narcissistic. She is smart but that works against her at times. Jazz gets into some terrible situations. These situations are mostly unbelievable. I hate to say that, but since we were already living on the moon I had to go with it.
For any science fiction you have to put some reality aside. I was able to do that for the most part with this book. I enjoyed the action and the character of Jazz, even if she was a little unbelievable. This was a fantastical story about what living on the moon might look like if all the wrong people ended up there. I would recommend this to science fictions fans with the warning that this is not THE MARTIAN. This is a story all it’s own.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Published by Crown/Archetype on November 14th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Hard Science Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense
Also by this author: The Martian
eARC provided by Crown Publishing Group
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.
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.