Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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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.

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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n_cw
Feb 16, 2018

I loved the Martian, and was really excited for this book.
I abandoned it after 40 pages. It's like he's never met a woman before. His descriptions of Kenya feel colonial and condescending. Even the science details, which I loved in the Martian, feel forced into the narrative. Some of his contrived moon problems have easy solutions, based on technology we already have.
Don't waste your time with this book.

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cmsclay
Feb 15, 2018

This book is entirely different from The Martian. The primary character is a rather quirky woman with a somewhat sarcastic sense of humor. I liked it because it's extremely hard to write slightly humorous sci-fi that is technically sound but enjoyable as well. It reminded me of some of Douglas Adams and Ben Bova's better works.
Sci-fi is a tricky genre to get right and readers all seem to favor a different approach. Andy Weir hit a home run on this one. Just don't expect a book that is similar to The Martian.

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SeattleSaul
Feb 04, 2018

After his run-away success with “The Martian,” it appears that the author was looking for another near-Earth, near-our-time story, but wanted a very different main character. He succeeded in both, but I found that the Moon society was a social stretch and that the lead person was very unlikeable. Given enough time, those who live on the Moon might reflect the Earth, but I didn’t accept that only 40 – 60 years from now, when travel to the Moon is still likely to be a luxury few could afford.
The main character is a smuggler, uses profanities in excess (after dozens of “s***” I am tired of reading her junior high-school vocabulary). Her actions initially were based upon making money by a fee paid by an ambitious businessman to perform sabotage on a rival. But true to the author’s “Martian” text, he gets into minute details of how the heroine solves each problem that comes up. Written in first person, you know that she will survive—at least until she has dictated the story; so not to worry no matter how bad it gets (as in The Martian). And the story doesn’t really start moving until 75% done.
The character may have done some good by her actions, but I was disappointed (I should have known) with her in the end.
I only forced myself to finish it because of the author’s great first novel. I cannot recommend this book.

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Persnickety77
Jan 31, 2018

I see the appeal of Andy Weir's writing - but after reading both this and "The Martian," I can say he is not for me.

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pecech
Jan 23, 2018

If The Martian is a 10 Artemis is a 4. Interesting story idea but poor execution. Feels like Andy Weir just mailed this one in.

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johnnybookreader
Jan 17, 2018

Somewhere between one star and two, just not two whole stars. First off, I am a huge space fan having grown up with Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, so welcome "hard" sf with open arms. I'm also familiar with Andy Weir's work and loved both the book and the movie adaptation of "The Martian". It's kind of tough to say I was let down by his sophomore {sappho-more?) effort but there it is. Weir shows a lack of character development and scene enlargement by hiding his inability by the clever use of procedural analysis, i.e: when in doubt, describe the difficulties of welding in a vacuum! He sure beat that horse to the ragged edge. "Jazzy" was not exactly sympathetic either, I guess I just have problems with underhanded connivers of either sex and Weir's depiction of a "strong woman" is not convincing, Jazzy comes off more as a puerile teenage boy fantasy than anything else, maybe he should get some of those women's lessons that Svoboda is so in need of? He certainly has the money to pay the tuition.

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NedSu
Jan 16, 2018

Although I usually am not a fan of male authors writing from a female perspective, this novel worked for me. I don't know that Jazz speaks from a female perspective, my willingness to suspend disbelief allowed me to move on. Jazz harkens back to Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars;, it would not surprise me if this was an homage to that work.

The setting seems to be a logical extrapolation of the world today, and I liked Weir's style of explain the science as he moves the plot forward. I found myself laughing at the persistent dialogue of teenage boys, even when spoken by females.

This is a fast paced science fiction thriller which compiled me to read it as fast as I could. Weir has grown as a writer, although this work may appeal more to YA audiences than those elitists who may be slumming from their usual literature reading because of the popularity of Weir's first book.

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doughively
Jan 13, 2018

My favorite part was when Jazz welded for two chapters.

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DEWLine
Jan 10, 2018

Do NOT compare this to _The Martian_. It's a good read on its own recognizance.

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excaliburrom
Jan 08, 2018

Really didn't enjoy this one at all. Characters fell flat. Setting was kind of boring.

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Feb 04, 2018

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