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Artemis’ Back-of-Book Description
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.
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 little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
That’ll have to do.
I picked this book up at my local book store and man, oh man am I glad I did! I read and loved The Martian by Andy Weir so I figured Artemis would be great as well. What can I say? This is just another fine example of how I’m rarely wrong.
Andy Weir maintains the witty sense of humor and super smart, scientific knowledge in this cool lunar adventure that he introduced us to in The Martian. Only this time, our main character is a female and totally kicks ass on the moon around other people (as opposed to being secluded on Mars).
Weir did a fantastic job creating this new society and all the main characters within it. I can clearly picture most of the setting and a majority of the people – I even already have someone in mind that I think would be a great fit to play Jazz in the movie! (Okay, I don’t know if it is being made into a movie. One can only hope and assume.) He also included a little map of the city in the beginning. I liked that and I know other readers appreciate it too.
I also really liked that – even though the setting was unusual – there were still relatable relationship scenarios. Sure, I don’t know what it’s like to operate in less gravity or how engineering works. But I definitely do understand not getting along with my parents or going through a break up. The fact that Weir includes those situational elements makes his books very enjoyable.
There were only one or two points that stood out that I felt were kind of far-fetched. One of which was a moment when the main character was thinking something about herself; I just didn’t think it was a believable thought process that a woman would have. That might be because this was Weir’s first (to my knowledge) attempt at writing from a woman’s perspective. Or it could simply be a personal opinion that no one else would share. Who knows.
I didn’t find that many quotes that made a lasting impressions. This might be because there is such a scientific element to it, or because I was enjoying it too much to stop and mark the bits I liked best.
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Favorite Quotes From Artemis
“Food makes you comfortable. It’s how you recenter.”
“It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. And that’s a field of intense competition.”
“People will trust a reliable criminal more than a shady businessman.”
“If my neighborhood were wine, connoisseurs would describe it as ‘shitty, with overtones of failure and poor life decisions.'”
So no surprise here – Artemis gets 4.5 out of 5 stars here. I’m a big fan of Andy Weir. The only ‘deductions’ being the one far-fetched moment and that I think he gets a little too scientific sometimes, making it hard to just keep reading and forget that you’re a simpleton. But hey! Maybe you are not a simpleton – maybe you live for science based stuff. In which case, stop reading this and go buy the dang book already.
And I would recommend anyone read this if you liked The Martian or if you’re into sci-fi / suspense type stuff.
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