Artemis

A Novel

Hardcover, 305 pages

English language

Published Feb. 26, 2017 by Crown.

ISBN:
978-0-553-44812-2
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4 stars (220 reviews)

JASMINE BASHARA never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.

Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity's first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she's owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can't say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions--not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can't handle, and she figures she's got the "swagger" part down.

The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz's problems. Because her …

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Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Not quite up to the standards of [b: The Martian|18007564|The Martian|Andy Weir|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1413706054l/18007564.SY75.jpg|21825181] and [b: Project Hail Mary|54493401|Project Hail Mary|Andy Weir|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1597695864l/54493401.SY75.jpg|79106958] (though, frankly, three books at that level in this amount of time would be downright suspicious). The tone is a little less appealing and the plotting is overly tidy at times, but Weir keeps it enjoyable and briskly paced. He takes a somewhat sophomoric approach to writing a female narrator, though; hopefully not something he'll attempt again soon.

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Definitely not as good a The Martian, it's main weakness is that it's too slow initially. The lunar city setup is quite interesting and the actual main character a very interesting young woman! She's not a brilliant scientist/engineer in this case but she's certainly not boring. Not going to spoil more.

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

I found this book to be incredibly boring and contrived. Weir seemed to want to write an edgy female scientist so he made her promiscuous and from Saudi Arabia. Not that there's really any sex in the book, just a lot of talk about her rep and a reusable condom. And welding. It's tiresome and I had to start skimming pages in some sections just to finish. The characters are flat and stereotypical. I disliked it so much, I took myself off the library wait list for hail mary.

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I enjoyed Artemis.

Cons: It not as well put together as Martian - the pop culture references, gender roles and lgbtq representation is stuck in the mid 2000's and don't have the excuse of Mark's limited media sources.

Pros: I really enjoyed the asshole of a main character being a woman. I loved it. Jaz makes bad decisions as easily as breathing, AND she owns her mistakes, and has her own code of honour.
Jaz is a genious AND doesn't give a crap about 'living up to her potential', she wants to be rich and have an easy life and not owe anyone anything. This type of character is usually portrayed as male and I really dug it.

Pros: The states didn't settle the moon. The world seems to have moved on from North American domination, and Kenya settled the damned moon thank you very much.

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a wonderfully Machiavellian novel... There were more twists, turns, and intrigues than I could have hoped for; they almost made me dizzy. The author's sarcasm and humor were enough to make me laugh out loud (a few times). And as in his first novel, the technology and geekiness were fun. A great entertainment.

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I just love Andy Weir's take on sci-fi. There is science, there is logic, there are so many puns. A smart female protagonist. More than one female characters total, as a matter of fact.
There was a great diversity of characters which only seems a bit artificial now that I think about it. During the book, it just seemed natural that there would be a bunch of different people in a place as artificially grown as Artemis. I guess I'm overanalyzing it right now.
One question remains: What happened to Svoboda's "payment"? I mean I guess I know, but that's just guessing.
Rosario Dawson's interpretation of the Artemis audiobook is wonderful. I can already see Jazz by listening to Dawson's voice only.

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As a Sci-Fi book this one is a bit meh, yes they live on the Moon, and there are cities on there, you also get the odd bit science, but it just isn't interesting enough, I expect there was a lot of hate for this book by those who loved The Martian. Don't get me wrong, this is a cracking good read, mainly because of the awesome "heist" style plot. Jazz is a tad annoying at times, but her ability to quickly deal with situations and her wise-crack answers all add to the story.

Without giving things away, Jazz has been talked into a small piece of sabotage, and the reader is left on the edge of their seat the second she starts on this job. She is supported by a great cast of characters too, Dale is one funny dude, almost matching Jazz at times with his witty comebacks. …

Review of 'Artemis' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Like The Martian, Artemis serves up a satisfying combination of nerdy science/engineering-based plot devices, things that go horribly wrong, and smart-ass characters. Yet for his sophomore effort, Andy Weir takes some big risks by adding lots of inter-character conflict to his “MacGyver in space” formula, and by making his protagonist/narrator a young middle eastern woman. And he pulls it off. Artemis is a fun, thrilling read, and one that leaves you with a compelling and realistic vision of lunar settlement. Wherever he goes next, I will be there.

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