A Great Sci-Fi Thriller
4.75 out of 5 stars
Before jumping into my review of Artemis I want to make sure that you understand that The Martian might be one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, going into Artemis I was a little worried that I would over analyze it a little too much.
Out of the gate, I will let you know that I did really like this and I am extremely happy that I read it. Weir is a master world builder, especially when it comes to building completely believable worlds on other planets. In The Martian I 100% believed that was how people would live if they were on the red planet. I felt the exact same way about Artemis. The moon colony was a super believable and felt like NASA was going to come knocking on Weir’s door (again) for help in establishing colonies on other planets.
Jazz is the ultimate main character. She was strong but feisty. And Rosario Dawson provided the perfect voice for her. I really like that Weir chose a strong non-white female character for the lead in this book. It added to the dynamic (and made me think outside the box as a reader).
The situations that Jazz found herself in (mostly self-caused) got crazier and crazier as the story progressed. Every time I thought that she would either get away with something or at least get away from the “scene of the crime” I was shocked to find out what happened.
The combination of Weir’s world and character building with Dawson’s narration made this a really enjoyable book. Artemis will hold a special place in my heart, but it will be on a shelf below The Martian. Don’t expect Martian-like laughs throughout, but I do know that both books I’ve read by Weir have had a reference to “boobs” (which made me laugh both times).
Artemis by Andy Weir
Narrator: Rosario Dawson
Published by Audible Studios on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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.