Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2017
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780525532101
Characteristics: 418 p. (large print) ; 24 cm

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booksmile
Nov 22, 2017

Binged through it in a few days! Intriguing story and interesting characters. I'd recommend this book if you liked The Martian, although it's not as comedic and I found the main character's rebelliousness and occasional criminal acts harder to empathize with than the wisecracking botanist/scientist from The Martian.
I thought the lead of Artemis was a refreshing and unusual female character though---although scores exist in real life, it's hard to find fiction stories whose lead is a drinking, swearing, working-class woman with an active and free sex life--I thought she was well-written and totally believable as a person. You could tell the author was basing her on aspects of real women.
Check out the book, you might find yourself staying up late to finish it!

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IanS_Librarian
Nov 16, 2017

Weir brings more science facts to his fiction. The boiling point on the moon would make coffee taste very different, for example. Fans of “The Martian” will also enjoy this although without the singular survival narrative, it isn't quite as engaging and I personally didn't find the moon as interesting as Mars. For moon fans, I would suggest the film "Moon" by Duncan Jones.

DBRL_KatSU Nov 07, 2017

I adored "The Martian," so I was disappointed when this book just wasn't as good. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun, fast-paced read, but I could not for the life of me connect with the main character, Jazz. She just felt too . . . forced. Some male authors can write fabulous female leads (Wally Lamb with "She's Come Undone" comes to mind), but Weir just didn't make me believe the book was taking place around a 20-something woman. Also, there's a pseudo romance thing Weir tries to make happen, and, to me, it fell flat. The story gained nothing from this "romance."

The science, though, was great- just like "The Martian" (which, in retrospect, had a greater quantity of great science, so maybe that's what I'm drawn to). The action was well-paced, too, so honestly, it was a fun read. I liked it. I just didn't love it.

cmlibrary_ecrites Oct 24, 2017

This was disappointing. I loved the Martian so much so I had high hopes but Artemis failed to meet them. I did not find the main character, Jazz, to be believable at all. Unfortunately, I don't think that writing from a female perspective is Andy Weir's strong suit. The world he created was very interesting and also felt very possible. Just like in the Martian, the science fiction is only barely fiction and feels very realistic. Ultimately, it was the characters and their relationships that left me wanting.

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awebster92
Oct 09, 2017

I didn't read the blurb before I started this book. No, I expected perfection from Andy Weir after reading the Martian years ago. Imagine my shock when I notice the main character is in fact female! I had to restart the book with that information. Now, I rarely enjoy female characters that are written by men. I just feel they always get it wrong. As with some of my other favorite authors, I think Andy Weir did a fantastic job.

What can you say about Jazz? She's funny, badass, and a bit of a flirt. She may not be on the right side of the law, but her heart is always where it needs to be. I love her. I loved them all(Even the assholes). While reading the Martian I felt my heart drop multiple times, and Artemis was no different. It is the perfect about of humor and suspense. If you've read my other reviews, you are aware that I rarely have quotes to go with them. I have so many saved for this book that I can't add them all. It's that damn perfect.

If you're a fan of The Martian, I know you'll probably love this. I'm horribly sad that this book is over. Between The Martian And Artemis, Andy Weir has earned a forever place on my 'Favorite Authors' list. I can only hope he puts his next book out as quick as he did Artemis. 5/5 (I did get this book for review)

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