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Artemis by Andy Weir

Published November 5, 2020

Artemis by Andy Weir

Book info

  • Title Artemis
  • Author Andy Weir
  • Year 2017
  • Genres Science Fiction, Thriller

Welcome to Artemis. The first city on the moon. Population 2,000. Mostly tourists. Some criminals. Jazz Bashara is one of the criminals. 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...

Thoughts

I have to admit that I started listening to the audiobook of this read by the most excellent Rosario Dawson, but it just didn’t grab me at all. I wasn’t hugely keen on the character and couldn’t quite picture the scenes. I wanted to give it another go, though, and dived into the ebook instead. I’m glad I stuck with it because it was an entertaining read. It was always going to be difficult for Andy to follow up the incredible success of The Martian, but this was a great effort.

I wasn’t always on board with Jazz, our main character, although I did enjoy her dry wit and sarcasm - something she shares with the protagonist of the Martian too. It all felt a bit grubby in places, but once you get accustomed to life on the moon, it became more of a fun adventure story. I think I missed some of the hardcore science, but it was still a good read.

Rating: 3 / 5

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