Sunday, January 21, 2018

*Review* Artemis by Andy Weir

Genre: Science Fiction
Published: November 14, 2017
Pages: 384

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.

"You don't expect J. Worthalot Richbastard III to clean his own toilet do you?"

"The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs."

"I'd have to blow the remaining two at the same time. Please don't quote that last sentence out of context." (I kind of had to, you know.)

"'Goddammit!' I yelled to him. 'Will you stop whining about your problems during my murder?!'"

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I've got to start by telling y'all that I was super excited to get approved for this book because I absolutely loved Weir's The Martian. I didn't enjoy this story quite as much as his previous work, but it was definitely an enjoyable story.

As you can hopefully tell from my favorite quotes, I found Artemis to be rather humorous. The larger cast of characters (as compared to The Martian) allowed more opportunities for witty quips, although it also reduced their frequency as it would be unreasonable for every character to be as funny as Mark Watney. Jazz Bashara had a similar wit about her though, and the story did focus on her, so I spent a fair amount of time laughing while reading.

I think the part of the story that let me down was the action sequences. There was nothing wrong with them, I just didn't want them while reading apparently. So basically I wanted a story with no conflict and that's absurd. I honestly get how weird this complaint is, but at the time I was reading Artemis, the action sequences just didn't do it for me. If I were to re-read it another time in a different mindset I would very likely react differently to them. That doesn't change my current reading experience though.

Overall I give Artemis 4.032674673 because it was funny and while the action scenes didn't do it for me, there was nothing technically wrong with them. - Katie 

ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.

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