Author: Andy Weir
Publish Date: November 14, 2017
# of Pages: 384
(From Goodreads) 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.
(**Warning – Possible Spoilers!**)
In Artemis by Andy Weir, you follow Jazz as she goes from smuggler to saboteur in her quest to liberate Artemis from future mobsters.
Artemis was an enjoyable novel. While it wasn’t my favorite read, I found it both funny and entertaining.
What did I like best about Artemis? It’s very well written, full of witty humor and clever dialogue. Jazz is a riot–her humor is dry and she speaks her mind (even when she shouldn’t). I found myself wanting to read quicker, just to see what witty one-liner she’d spout off next. I like that Jazz is unconventional. She does as she pleases and doesn’t listen to anyone who tells her she should be doing otherwise.
While Jazz is very witty, I had a hard time believing she’s in her mid-20s. The book reads like a young adult book, so I had her pegged for late teens. No matter how much I tried to wrap my mind around her being her mid-20s, I couldn’t shake it. Jazz is immature and reckless, and no amount of swearing or sex-talk could make me think she’s much older than 19. I struggled with this throughout the book.
I also thought the plot was on the weak side. It felt more like a sub-plot to something bigger and greater. The “so what” just wasn’t doing it for me, and I hard time caring about the outcome. The fiber optics venue seemed forced, and the fiber optics’ relationship to the smelting operation felt messy. So while the book was well-written, I wasn’t sold on the plot.
Despite my hang ups about the book, I would still recommend it to others, especially those with an interest in space.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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