Unplanned review: ‘Artemis’ by Andy Weir

Published By: Del Ray
Publication Date: 12th July 2018
Format: Paperback
I.S.B.N.: 9781785030253


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.

My Review

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.

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R Cawkwell

Hi I'm Rosemarie and I like to write. I write short stories and longer fiction, poetry and occasionally articles. I'm working on quite a few things at the minute and wouldn't mind one day actually getting published in print.

1 Comment

  1. I really enjoyed this one too. Supposedly Artemis and The Martian are set in the same story universe. I didn’t see anything in Artemis that made me think that was relevant, but maybe it will become relevant in some future book the Weir is planning.

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