Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the Moon's wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780553448122
0553448129
Characteristics: 305 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

A fast-paced Moon-base science fiction adventure by the author of *The Martian.*

Jazz Bashara has grown up in Artemis, the only city on the Moon. The population is about 2,000 and it is a popular tourist destination for the wealthy. Jazz’s father is a devout Muslim welder. Jazz is a hard-drinking, risk-taking, irreligious delivery person, who actually makes most of her marginal living as a smuggler. Jazz owes lots of money, especially to her father, since she and a friend sneaked into his workshop and accidentally created a fire which destroyed most of his equipment. (Since Weir loves the details of science and technology, he tells us how fires have to be prevented and fought on the Moon.) When one of her wealthy smuggling clients offers to pay her a huge amount of money for a risky act of sabotage, she jumps at the chance. She botches the job and her client is brutally murdered. Now the killer has her next on the list.

Lots of excitement, plenty of plot twists, loads of science and technology, just like in *The Martian.* It’s a fast read, but… the character of Jazz is a problem. She is young, snarky, and obscene. It makes sense that she is rebellious, but the level to which she is self-centered and short-sighted is hard to believe. And the constant cursing and sexual references sometimes push the reader out of the story. Your enjoyment may depend on how you handle those.

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dixiedog
Oct 20, 2018

I enjoyed reading 'The Martian' and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Artemis, while entertaining, was a little disappointing. Like a few other readers, the thought that Kenya would play such a significant role in running the first, and only, colony on the moon, without the USA, Russia, ESA, China or India for that matter intimately being intensely involved, was a stretch to one’s common sense.

Further, to think that any such colony or development could exist on the moon without a strong governing authority overseeing everything was poorly thought out by the author in my opinion. The sheer costs involved in getting colonists to the moon and the consequences and risks involved in spaceflight and in maintaining a safe and sustainable colony on the moon would demand a strong and rigid governing body to maintain profitability and reliability.

Regardless of the inevitable move towards commercialization, any colony on the moon would have first been established for scientific discovery and a quest to reach out further into the solar system to enhance mankind’s knowledge. In spite of my critique of this book, it was entertaining. Senior-Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing. D. A

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LauraSteinert
Sep 25, 2018

Humm, I'd say this was better than The Martian, but then I don't mind reading books featuring women. The PLUSES include a strong female lead, a mostly honest smuggler who gets caught up in something really bad, a father-daughter feud that has gone on far too long, a cast where three of the five most powerful people on the moon are women, it has non-stop action, there are well developed and interesting characters, and it offers 7 hours of glorious reading time. MINUSES, well, it is a sci-fi book with women who are NOT just there for the guys to have sex with.

I am very impressed with Weir and his brave departure from the super-sexist tradition of Sci-fi. I know he has lost some fans over this.

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yorkshire10
Sep 23, 2018

Juvenile ... shallow characters, thin plot. A disappointing read, especially after The Martian.

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coralsky
Sep 19, 2018

Not as good as The Martian but not a bad read. Should make a good movie.

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mars1066
Sep 12, 2018

OK folks, take a deep breath...it's fairly common for an author with an initial blockbuster novel to not live up to expectations in a second novel. So let it be with Andy. I'm willing to cut him some slack and await his third or fourth books, at whatever what future dates. Regarding this second book, our Moon is a difficult place, and I never felt that actions and difficulties with 1/6th gravity nor the abrasive dust were well-addressed or acknowledged. I did think it was interesting that Andy had Kenya as a major space power, based on its strategic location on the equator on the eastern edge of the African continent. In reality, given the expansion of the Chinese into Africa, if there is to be a Kenyan spaceport in the future, it will probably be under Chinese management.

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Amandaroseowen01
Sep 11, 2018

Yikes. Why did he try to write from a female perspective? The constant cringe-worthy “jokes” made this almost unreadable. Kind of like reading amateur fanfic . Outside of the narration ad dialogue, however, the world he created is intriguing.

LibrarianDjaz Aug 31, 2018

A fun, quick read with more flash than substance and characters who could be a lot more fleshed out. It would make for a better movie than book.

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n_cw
Aug 30, 2018

I loved the Martian, and was really excited for this book.
I abandoned it after 40 pages. It's like he's never met a woman before. His descriptions of Kenya feel colonial and condescending. Even the science details, which I loved in the Martian, feel forced into the narrative. Some of his contrived moon problems have easy solutions, based on technology we already have.
Don't waste your time with this book.

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megoscar
Aug 22, 2018

I like this book. It was very different from The Martian, in that it was not a survival story but one of an established colony on the moon. The science was great, but I would of liked to a bit of better established and coherent plot. Never the less, this book has made it on to my list of favorites.

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dzacher
Dec 06, 2017

A small-time smuggler living in a lunar colony schemes to pay off an old debt by pulling off a challenging heist. Weir wrote The Martian

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