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Artemis: A Novel Hardcover – Illustrated, Nov. 14 2017
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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.
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
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“An action-packed techno-thriller of the first order…the perfect vehicle for humans who want to escape, if only for a time, the severe gravity of planet earth. The pages fly by.”—USA Today
“Revitalizes the Lunar-colony scenario, with the author’s characteristic blend of engineering know-how and survival suspense...Jazz is a great heroine, tough with a soft core, crooked with inner honesty.”—Wall Street Journal
“Smart and sharp…Weir has done it again [with] a sci-fi crowd pleaser made for the big screen.”—Salon.com
“Makes cutting-edge science sexy and relevant…Weir has created a realistic and fascinating future society, and every detail feels authentic and scientifically sound.” —Associated Press
“Out-of-this-world storytelling.”—Houston Chronicle
"Weir excels when it comes to geeky references, snarky humour and scenes of ingenious scientific problem-solving.” —Financial Times
“Weir has done the impossible—he’s topped The Martian with a sci-fi-noir-thriller set in a city on the moon. What more do you want from life? Go read it!”– Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
“Everything you could hope for in a follow-up to The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won’t be able to put down.” – Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One
“A superior near-future thriller…with a healthy dose of humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride…one of the best science fiction novels of the year.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all – a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Martian:
“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years.” —Wall Street Journal
“A gripping survival story.” —New York Times
“Terrific…a crackling good read.”—USA Today
“A marvel…Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.”—Washington Post
“Impressively geeky…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure.” —Associated Press
“Utterly nail-baiting and memorable.”—Financial Times
“A hugely entertaining novel that reads like a rocket ship afire.”—Chicago Tribune
About the Author
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Illustrated edition (Nov. 14 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553448129
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553448122
- Item weight : 526 g
- Dimensions : 16.28 x 2.72 x 24.23 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think of books in the same way I think about food. Sometimes you want a gourmet dinner, sometimes you just want a light snack. And sometimes all you want in life is to stuff your face with .99 cent pizza. Artemis is like that. Nerdy, unhealthy, delicious pizza. If you liked the Martian, with its technical descriptions and lame jokes, you’ll like Artemis. Just don’t expect anything more.
While it isn't the most revelatory science fiction novel to come out this decade, the character development has more depth than one would expect and it's a genuinely fun read. The protagonist is clever and well fleshed out with believable motives and personality. There is a touch of the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" effect here which does lessen the protagonist, but because of how central she is to the plot, how competent her character is, and the generally "real and human" way in which she's portrayed, that's a minor criticism.
If you enjoyed The Martian, you will enjoy Artemis. It's an easy read, hard to put down, and has a solid narrative structure to keep you engaged. World building is top notch, and the description of the cultural development both on Earth and on Artemis is remarkably and refreshingly non-Eurocentric.
Artemis is not that work. Andy, or perhaps anyone, can only be expected to do that "first-time thing" the first time. The ideas, characterization, plotting, logic and science in Artemis doesn't compare well to the Martian.
Trying to hold it out as an independent work raises my estimate, but only a little. With so much great hard sci-fi available today, only Andy's name is going to get this sold. That's perfectly ok, he deserves it.
If there is a third book, we'll find out if he can learn the craft and succeed again. Andy, thank you for the Martian and please try again to hit another home run.
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I read Artemis last year and I’ve also just read it again. Andy Weir certainly knows how to keep his readers hooked. Other reviewers have stated that he’s trying to tick all the boxes of political correctness. Possibly but I don’t really care - I think Andy writes as if he himself is the central character. In this case here he is playing the part of a younger Saudi Arab female. Does he get it right? Probably not, but it doesn’t really matter. I’ve watched him in interview on YouTube and he’s great fun, and his personality shows in this book.
What matters here is the story, and it doesn’t disappoint. It reads at a cracking pace from start to finish, and the reader will get their science fix just like in The Martian... it’s all so believable. The critics should give him a break...he deserves a massive pat on the back for what he’s achieved in such a short time. They even use an edited version of The Martian for science classes in schools.
I’m glad he wrote this story and I can’t wait for the film.
The books starts with a couple of people on the moon surface and there appears to be an issue with one of the tanks and they are trying to get back into the Bubble. The EVA Master is ordering the other person to stop and connect his tanks to their suit, but they are adamant they are going to do it their way.
What really surprised me, is the protagonist (the other person on the surface) was female. Whether this is unconscious bias or that The Martian was male based, I'm not sure, but probably a bit of both.
I loved the character of Jazz, she was sassy, smart and resourceful and is the resident smuggler in Artemis, the only city on the moon. She has been on the Moon since she was 6 years old and really wants to become an EVA Master so she can quickly save up enough money - we only find out what for towards the end of the book.
She has a fractious relationship with her father and with the Head of Security at Artemis, Rudy - mainly because he is trying to get her deported back to Earth by getting evidence of her smuggling activities.
As Jazz is trying hard to make money, the richest person in town Trond Landvik (Norgegian), who she regularly smuggles for, makes her an offer than she can't refuse - to destroy a business on the Moon so Trond can take over. As Jazz is highly intelligent, she finds a way, to do this, but things really don't go smoothly and she discovers that somebody is now trying to kill her. She has to use her wits and street smarts to say alive.
It's a great book and Andy, if you happen to read this, can you do a sequel, Jazz has so much more to offer us. I would love this story to be made into a TV series rather than a film, as you have more time to show character development and build the story.
My only regret, is that I left it so long before reading it.