Author: Andy Weir
Published by: Random House
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
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.
I’m one of many who went absolutely gaga over The Martian, so it should be no surprise that Artemis is one of my most anticipated books of 2017.
Instead of Mars, Weir transports us to the moon where humans have built a city called … you guessed it … Artemis! I really like the setting and how plausible it feels. I would totally vacation on the moon! Hell, I’d vacation anywhere off this planet. Here we follow Jazz, a petty criminal who smuggles contraband, striving to make a better life for herself. Unfortunately, she gets mixed up in a deadly game of sabotage and hostile takeovers.
This is an entertaining read full of danger, humor, and edge-of-your-seat moments. I love when science fiction actually incorporates science into the story that makes it feel authentic, something Weir does well. There are a couple of times it feels a tad slow going, but it’s not too bad. Especially with Jazz on the job.
Jazz is a great protagonist and a bit of an anti-hero with plenty of snark. She can be brash and apathetic, but that’s part of what I love so much about her. I’d totally get a drink with her. Don’t let her fool you, though, the woman is super intelligent. Good thing, because she finds herself in some sticky situations.
There’s also an amusing cast of characters in Jazz’s life. I enjoyed them all, but mostly Dale and Svoboda. Those two with Jazz can be pretty entertaining. Oh, and Kelvin! It’s really cool the way he’s integrated into the story and how his role unfolds.
Overall, Artemis is a fun and engaging book. I look forward to reading what Weir writes next!