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Artemis: A gripping sci-fi thriller from the author of The Martian Paperback – 13 November 2017
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You grew up on the moon, of course you have a dark side...
Jazz is a small time criminal, subsidising work as a porter on the moon with smuggling a little contraband. But it's never enough.
When she's offered the chance to get rich quick she jumps at it. But planning the perfect crime in 1/6th gravity was never going to be easy, especially as there is a conspiracy at the heart of Artemis.
At first it was about the money, then it was about control. Now it's about survival...
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Jazz, Weir’s main character, is a moon-born version of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. She is young, rebellious and a petty criminal...Weir’s great strength, as he showed in The Martian, is to make us believe. His future society living inside massive domes built not far from where Armstrong set foot in 1969 is utterly plausible. ― The Times
Weir has done it again: he’s created a diverse and fantastic new world, filled with eclectic and memorable characters, and woven them into a dazzling work of contemporary science fiction – one that’s chock-full of actual science. Artemis is everything you could hope for in a follow-up to his smash debut The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won’t be able to put down, featuring a heroine who’s equal parts Ellen Ripley, Arya Stark, and Jyn Erso. I can’t recommend it enough! -- ERNEST CLINE ― bestselling author of Ready Player One
All the things I loved about The Martian are here in spades―the hard science Weir somehow makes accessible and riveting, the masterful, never-see-it-coming plotting, but most of all the voice of his new protagonist, Jazz Bashara―an irreverent, witty, vulnerable heroine, who, just like Mark Watney, is exactly the kind of character you’ll want to spend a book with. With Artemis, Andy Weir has done the impossible―he’s topped The Martian with a sci-fi-noir-thriller set in a city on the moon. What more do you want from life? Go read it! -- BLAKE CROUCH ― bestselling author of Dark Matter
Weir's great skill, as he already proved with The Martian, is his attention to detail. Artemis is a triumph of imagination ― ESQUIRE
- Publisher : DEL REY (13 November 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0091956951
- ISBN-13 : 978-0091956950
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
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It was interesting and enjoyable to read about the physics and atmosphere of the moon in a different way however.
The story follows a 26 year old girl called Jazz. She has lived on the moon her whole live, somewhat just making it day by day when she gets a chance to make a lot of money, very fast by destroying a few machines that made oxygen for the moon.
It's an interesting far fetched story line to say the least, but it's a good entertaining read.
I don't think you shouldn't buy this book, but it's not going to be the best read you have had.
It's just a good average read that will keep you interested because you want to know the ending.
A 3 Star is a good rating out of 5.
I was expecting a slightly more highbrow or technical caper. Artemis has strong racial overtones with some slight socio political commentary but otherwise falls into generic and established tropes around a young Muslim woman who hates herself.
It's almost as if Artemis is the female alt to the v male Martian fantasy. Sex drugs and city on the edge of forever the logic of living on the moon is lost in characters you love to hate
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I read Artemis last year and I’ve also just read it again. Andy Weir certainly knows how to keep his readers hooked. Other reviewers have stated that he’s trying to tick all the boxes of political correctness. Possibly but I don’t really care - I think Andy writes as if he himself is the central character. In this case here he is playing the part of a younger Saudi Arab female. Does he get it right? Probably not, but it doesn’t really matter. I’ve watched him in interview on YouTube and he’s great fun, and his personality shows in this book.
What matters here is the story, and it doesn’t disappoint. It reads at a cracking pace from start to finish, and the reader will get their science fix just like in The Martian... it’s all so believable. The critics should give him a break...he deserves a massive pat on the back for what he’s achieved in such a short time. They even use an edited version of The Martian for science classes in schools.
I’m glad he wrote this story and I can’t wait for the film.
The books starts with a couple of people on the moon surface and there appears to be an issue with one of the tanks and they are trying to get back into the Bubble. The EVA Master is ordering the other person to stop and connect his tanks to their suit, but they are adamant they are going to do it their way.
What really surprised me, is the protagonist (the other person on the surface) was female. Whether this is unconscious bias or that The Martian was male based, I'm not sure, but probably a bit of both.
I loved the character of Jazz, she was sassy, smart and resourceful and is the resident smuggler in Artemis, the only city on the moon. She has been on the Moon since she was 6 years old and really wants to become an EVA Master so she can quickly save up enough money - we only find out what for towards the end of the book.
She has a fractious relationship with her father and with the Head of Security at Artemis, Rudy - mainly because he is trying to get her deported back to Earth by getting evidence of her smuggling activities.
As Jazz is trying hard to make money, the richest person in town Trond Landvik (Norgegian), who she regularly smuggles for, makes her an offer than she can't refuse - to destroy a business on the Moon so Trond can take over. As Jazz is highly intelligent, she finds a way, to do this, but things really don't go smoothly and she discovers that somebody is now trying to kill her. She has to use her wits and street smarts to say alive.
It's a great book and Andy, if you happen to read this, can you do a sequel, Jazz has so much more to offer us. I would love this story to be made into a TV series rather than a film, as you have more time to show character development and build the story.
My only regret, is that I left it so long before reading it.