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 Jazz’s 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 more unlikely than the first.
I really enjoyed this novel. I picked it up today as a treat for myself, and I read it in less than five hours. I enjoyed it more than the author’s first book, The Martian, although I did enjoy that one a lot as well.
I liked Jazz; she is funny, clever, foul-mouthed and principled. She has a complex but loving relationship with her father, and few friends. I enjoyed the writing style, the characters and the plot. The technical descriptions are believable and the ‘capers’ enjoyable. This book is as much about relationships, and right behaviour as it is a sci-fi adventure and crime novel. I liked that the lead is an Arabic woman, and that the nature of Artemis as a city of migrants is explored, Makes a nice change to have a non-white/European non-male lead character.