Monday, March 26, 2018

Artemis - Andy Weir





Summary: 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. Summary and image from goodreads.com.

Review: Show of hands, who fell in love with Weir's writing after reading The Martian? Granted, the language was terrible. Like, really, really bad. But the blend of science, reality, just a hint of space opera, and the accessibility won me over, bad language and all. It was easily one of my favorite books that year. 

I had similarly high hopes for Artemis. The plot is a little different this time around, taking the reader to a more understood science-fiction-based world. Jazz lives on the moon, and has for the majority of her life. She's a smalltime smuggler who is approached to commit a tiny act of sabotage. Of course, things blow up in her face -- and on the moon, that's even more risky. 

However, this departure didn't appeal to me as much as Weir's first book did. I couldn't quite empathize with Jazz like I knew I was supposed to. I found her grating, unrealistic (which, to be fair, happens a lot when men try to write believable women), and somehow flat. The storyline itself was intriguing, but it didn't have the same grip on my attention that Weir has had on the past. Was it entertaining? Sure. Definitely a quick read, and I don't regret that I read it. But was it on the same level as The Martian? No. Certainly not.

This one fell short of the mark for me. I know I tend to be a harsher critic when I'm excited about an author, so I want to know what you think. Did you give it a shot? Am I off base? Let me know in the comments below.

Rating: Three stars

For the Sensitive Reader: Definitely PG-13.

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