Artemis by Andy Weir
Amazon – Artemis
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Author – Andy Weir
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. – Goodreads Synopsis
This one feels hard to write; I’m not exactly sure how much I enjoyed Artemis. I really do like how Andy Weir gets into the nitty gritty with calculations of math and science. That part I LOVE actually. It is probably what made The Martian so great…but Artemis? Why did this one not feel great?
Having the story set on the Moon felt normal. Everything was explained properly, and I do not think it was overdone. Sometimes stories feel written just to show off the setting and with little thought on everything else. It blended well and the immersion was seamless, so why do I still feel off?
There is a heist?! Most of the story is fleshed out with planning and executing a heist!? That’s awesome! We are going to see how it is planned out with the use of science? Yeah, still awesome – I love me a good science heist. There is smuggling, corruption, crime, and beer – OK cool.
Then we get on towards the dialogue and the characters. Man this is what did it for me. At about halfway through the book (I think after reading one of the bar scenes) I went “Wow WTF am I reading right now?!” It felt like I was reading something cheap and trashy. That scene just rammed into me like a freight train. Mark Watney in The Martian felt real and fine for me to read, but there’s something about Jazz that just did not stick with me. She just felt very shallow to me.
I generally enjoyed reading Artemis for the most part – it just had its few flaws. At only 300ish pages it’s worth checking out. Maybe it is a curse for your first book to come out as a total smash hit, because then you are always trying to live up to the success as the first one. People (like me) may also unfairly judge everything after that first wild success, but say one thing for Andy Weir – he stays true to himself and his writing. (Which I love)
It’s would be psychedelic to be a moonman though…