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Publisher: Random House
Ever had a bad day? Try having one on the moon... WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon. Population 2,000. Mostly tourists. Some criminals. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough. So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous...
I originally posted this review on my Tumblr book blog: https://onceuponabookblr.tumblr.com/post/167751276148/my-review-of-artemis-by-andy-weir
Sell Me in a Sentence: I’m gonna have a hard time trying to sell you on this one, but if you generally like reading about space (and maybe other science fiction as well, although I love sci-fi and am not that into this), you’ll get some enjoyment from this.
Summary: Our MC, Jazz, uses her smuggling skills to provide for herself on the moon’s first city, Artemis. But one day, her smuggling and misdoings get herself and the rest of the Artemisians in trouble. In a delicate and lethal environment, will she be able to make things right?
Review: I walked away from this book by deleting it from my Kindle library and yelling, “Phew”! I really loved Weir’s previous book, The Martian, but Artemis for me often felt like a chore. I think this disinterest may be simply because I have never thought a whole lot about the moon (compared to other planets and galaxies). The structure and style didn’t do it for me. I did read Artemis all the way through though, as the concepts and ideas introduced about life on the moon ended up intriguing me.
Jazz is a smart ass with very few noteworthy traits besides maybe purposely defying expectations for young women in this city. Andy Weir is excellent at writing funny jokes and dialogue, and he puts a lot of that in Jazz’s internal monologue, but there’s just not as much bite here as The Martian had. Mark Watney used his sense of humor to essentially keep himself sane. His humor was biting because he realized his fleeting mortality and that he no longer could rely on the skills of the individuals from his mission’s team for support and survival. Humor here is not nearly as dynamic in the book; it is just used as a cheap device to keep the readers engaged without providing the audience with an adequate storyline to sink your teeth into.
I think I would like to read more stories about space colonies in the future, but the way in which Weir very quickly exposes his readers to the dark underbelly of this small society did not appeal to me. I think I would have been more interested in reading about this world from the perspective of the head of the Kenyan Space Corporation, for example, rather than from Jazz’s perspective. I think the management of Artemis would have been exciting to read about and could also feature intensity and action adventure.
I give Artemis at 2.5/5 STARS. Read The Martian instead (as if this isn’t my 8th recommendation of this book on Booklr already)!
Thank you Netgalley for sending me a copy of Artemis in exchange for an honest review.
Didn't enjoy it as much as The Martian - let's just make that clear. I felt like Andy Weir was trying to recapture the character of Mark Watney (martian) in this book, but Jazz just wasn't as much fun. Instead of seeming witty and funny, she just seemed mean sometimes, as well as arrogant. This one also seemed more unrealistic than the martian, how everything clicked into place. But, I still enjoyed it; I think if I hadn't read the Martian I would've enjoyed it more, but I couldn't help comparing it.
I most certainly will read Andy Weir's future novels though, but I think characters is a point he should work on.