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Title: Artémis (édition Canada) (Thriller d'action)
Author: Andy Weir
Publisher: Published February 14th 2018 by Bragelonne QC (first published November 14th 2017)
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Le nouveau thriller d’Andy Weir, auteur du best-seller international Seul sur Mars (The Martian) Droits cinéma acquis par la 20th Century Fox et New Regency Un thriller bourré d’adrénaline, d’humour et de science. Jasmine Bashara, dite Jazz, une jeune femme d’origine saoudienne, vit sur Artémis depuis l’âge de six ans. Elle connaît la cité lunaire comme sa poche : ses Le nouveau thriller d’Andy Weir, auteur du best-seller international Seul sur Mars (The Martian) Droits cinéma acquis par la 20th Century Fox et New Regency Un thriller bourré d’adrénaline, d’humour et de science. Jasmine Bashara, dite Jazz, une jeune femme d’origine saoudienne, vit sur Artémis depuis l’âge de six ans. Elle connaît la cité lunaire comme sa poche : ses cinq bulles où se répartissent toutes les classes sociales, du plus riche au plus misérable, ses lois si particulières – et pas seulement gravitationnelles – et sa corruption. La vie sur Artémis est rude quand on n’est pas un riche touriste ou un milliardaire. Jazz rêve d’une vie meilleure, et son job de porteuse (elle livre à domicile les denrées légales et de contrebande importées de Terre) ne lui promet guère d’évolution. Une chose est sûre : elle ne compte pas dormir toute sa vie dans un « cercueil », ces couchettes ultra réduites où se serrent les pauvres. Quand un de ses riches clients lui propose un job risqué, elle ne peut pas refuser : c’est un défi bien payé. Mais elle ne se doute pas qu’elle prend part à une conspiration politique dont le but est de renverser le pouvoir sur Artémis, et de prendre le contrôle des 2000 âmes qui vivent sur la Lune...

30 review for Artémis (édition Canada) (Thriller d'action)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    1 1/2 stars. I really wish I could say I liked this. A couple of years back, I gave in to the hype and read Weir's The Martian, and I have to say-- I loved it. The scary scenario of being stranded so far away from everything and everyone you know, the very high probability that Mark Watney wouldn't survive, his chirpy sense of humour that keeps him going... unfortunately,Artemis's plot is convoluted and less exciting. And Jazz Bashara is SO ANNOYING. Look, I completely get why Mark Watney annoyed 1 1/2 stars. I really wish I could say I liked this. A couple of years back, I gave in to the hype and read Weir's The Martian, and I have to say-- I loved it. The scary scenario of being stranded so far away from everything and everyone you know, the very high probability that Mark Watney wouldn't survive, his chirpy sense of humour that keeps him going... unfortunately,Artemis's plot is convoluted and less exciting. And Jazz Bashara is SO ANNOYING. Look, I completely get why Mark Watney annoyed some readers and, given that Weir transplanted his personality and awkward sense of humour into Jazz, it might seem a bit contradictory to have a problem with her personality. But, you know, Mark's narration worked for me because I could imagine this man in the middle of space needing to stay peppy and chatty. His inner narrative is conversational because he is talking to himself - and the reader - to avoid losing all hope. With Jazz, it doesn’t work so well. Even though Jazz is a woman in her twenties and Arab, she is basically Mark Watney. You can tell Weir really struggled to adapt his writing style in order to write from the perspective of that most alien of all species - THE WOMAN. Jazz has the sense of humour of a twelve-year-old boy. Her constant quips feel forced and unnecessary. Some of the comments she makes about her sex life and body are just... not funny. She's the local lunar tramp, which is, apparently, so hilarious. But her whole narrative is just plain awkward. I turned my head inside the helmet, bit a nipple (try not to get excited), and sucked some water out. *** “Billy, I’ve swallowed better-tasting stuff that came out of people.” And what grown woman responds like this: “What’s in there, anyway?” “Porn, mostly. Starring your mom.” The real problem for me, though, was that I could not get invested in this half-assed heist plot. I was bored out of my mind with the random talk of gangsters, smuggling, some scientific sabotage blah blah and - oh my god - the welding. Mark Watney talked science to explain how he was going to survive and feed himself on Mars; Jazz talks science to explain the mechanics of welding. I couldn't understand why we were supposed to give a damn about this heist, or the whole conspiracy that develops out of it. Who cares whether Jazz earns herself some slugs (lunar currency)? Who cares if that guy who I didn't give a shit about dies? Weir takes some minor steps toward making the setting interesting, but then does nothing with it. This lunar colony is run by Kenyans, which is intriguing, but the culture is unmistakably American, and he never expands upon why or how Kenyans came to be controlling space travel. It is like a throwaway fun fact without context or explanation. The main story is also broken up with Jazz's letters to a Kenyan pen pal, starting when she is nine years old, but this never really goes anywhere and feels kind of pointless. Also, the author chooses to have a Muslim (non-practicing) narrator, which could lead to important representation, but it's hard not to cringe when he addresses his narrative to a solely white, non-Muslim audience: "Okay, you can stop pretending you know what a niqab is. It’s a traditional Islamic headwear that covers the lower face." And then goes on to show Jazz using said niqab as a disguise while carrying out criminal activity. She pleasantly declares: "Great way to wear a mask without arousing suspicion.” Yikes. It's just a very messy book overall, with a narrator that tries to be Mark Watney and fails, and a plot that tries to be compelling but isn't. Where the science added thrills and realism in The Martian, here it bogs the story down with boring detail. Weir should stick to survival stories with male narrators. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    A new book from Andy Weir? Happening on the moon? A heist where the main character survives with her scientific knowledge? COUNT ME IN!! I was so excited for this book but I didn't end up loving nearly as much as The Martian. Even though I liked the overall idea, I didn't like the characters and the constant jokes and insults felt incredibly forced. The main character Jazz, a 26 years old woman, was talking and thinking like a cringy 15 years old boy. She mentions a few times her appearance and sexu A new book from Andy Weir? Happening on the moon? A heist where the main character survives with her scientific knowledge? COUNT ME IN!! I was so excited for this book but I didn't end up loving nearly as much as The Martian. Even though I liked the overall idea, I didn't like the characters and the constant jokes and insults felt incredibly forced. The main character Jazz, a 26 years old woman, was talking and thinking like a cringy 15 years old boy. She mentions a few times her appearance and sexuality in an unnatural way. I don't understand why men authors struggle so hard to write female characters. At one point, she stays the night at a friend's house and after showering she wears one of his shirts. He comes back and, him being awkward with women, simply stares at her not knowing what to say. She thinks to herself "I was pretty sexy I have to admit"... really? Most characters had cringy moments like this and it ruined the book for me. I'm still not sure how to review the ending so I'll have to sleep on it and come back for an update! UPDATE: After thinking about it, I wanted to add that it was interesting to read about the heist with the scientific knowledge thrown in there but it wasn't enough to make this book a must-read. It didn't live up to my expectations! UPDATE 2: The more I think about it the more disappointed and angry I am so I'm reducing it to 2 stars! I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. REVIEW: https://youtu.be/TkxckLFcKYE?t=8m9s

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Yay for my book winning 2017 GR award 😄 This book freaking rocks!! No, seriously. The book does have science in it but it's not too bad. This is mostly about Jazz who has lived on the moon since she was 6 and now she's in her 20's. Her dad lives on the moon too but they had a falling out and she makes it on her own by doing. . . things. I love the character of Jazz. She's funny and does crazy things but never anything to hurt any one. AND SHE LIVES ON THE MOON! Jazz doesn't live in the good part Yay for my book winning 2017 GR award 😄 This book freaking rocks!! No, seriously. The book does have science in it but it's not too bad. This is mostly about Jazz who has lived on the moon since she was 6 and now she's in her 20's. Her dad lives on the moon too but they had a falling out and she makes it on her own by doing. . . things. I love the character of Jazz. She's funny and does crazy things but never anything to hurt any one. AND SHE LIVES ON THE MOON! Jazz doesn't live in the good part of town. Yes, the city on the moon is called Artemis and they have their rich side and poor side. It's just too awesome to read about. Jazz does some odd jobs as a porter but she also brings in contraband and no it's nothing bad. She has a cool friend she emails from Earth, his name is Kelvin. I love their talks. Rich people come to the moon every year to spend their holiday. They stay in the fancy hotels and spend tons of money in the shops. Regular folk save up their money so they can come for a once in a life time stay. But, life on the moon isn't all that it's cracked up to be. There just has to be some evil mobness going on. There are life and death situations and Jazz in put on the spot to save the whole city. That's all I'm saying, you need to read it for yourself. If you loved The Martian (which I did) you will love this book. At least I think you will, I did because IT'S THE MOON! THEY ARE LIVING ON THE MOON! And I have to mention some of the people I loved in the book: Svoboda Dale Lene Kelvin Bob Jazz dad and some randoms =) *I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book* MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  4. 4 out of 5

    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    Apologies in advance. You're not gonna like what I have to say. This is not the review I was expecting to write, but this is not the book I was expecting to read. Andy Weir has successfully taken the one element I didn't like in THE MARTIAN and expanded on that until ARTEMIS is almost a chore to read. Major disappointment. Remember our hero, Mark, in The Martian? His jokey, sarcastic personality started to grate on my nerves towards the end of the book. It's like he never quit with the relentless Apologies in advance. You're not gonna like what I have to say. This is not the review I was expecting to write, but this is not the book I was expecting to read. Andy Weir has successfully taken the one element I didn't like in THE MARTIAN and expanded on that until ARTEMIS is almost a chore to read. Major disappointment. Remember our hero, Mark, in The Martian? His jokey, sarcastic personality started to grate on my nerves towards the end of the book. It's like he never quit with the relentless joking. Staring death in the face? Make a joke. Starving to death? Play some funny music. Ok, we get it! Mark is all about the comic relief. Why does it have to be so overdone and heavy-handed? I still enjoyed the book for all the old-school science fiction fun. HOWEVER, after cutting Weir some slack for his forced characterizations in The Martian, I am not so ready to do the same with Artemis. Guess what? Jazz, our female protagonist in Artemis, has almost the exact same personality as Mark from The Martian. Ugggggghhhhh. And that goofy, insulting character is even more annoying in a grown woman. Is that sexist? I hope not. I don't mean it to be. Oh, and by the way, Jazz is the town tramp (with a heart of gold) because of her reputation for sleeping with so many guys. Hysterical. The book starts out very fun to read. I really enjoyed reading how the city of Artemis came to be established on the moon. I loved reading about the actualities of lunar living with 1/6 of the gravity. I liked learning about the moon's surface, dust and atmosphere. There just wasn't enough of the moon facts for me. Also, I'm beginning to question Andy Weir's imagination for the future. The moon inhabitants walk around and do all their business transactions on small computers that they carry. They pay for items and surf the internet and make calls on these "gizmos" as they are called. FASCINATING STUFF right here. What there is plenty of: Welding. Yes, welding. More than I ever want to know about welding. Stupid middle-school humor that the very smart adults all seem to love. Forced, unnatural dialogue. Convoluted, crazy plot that never really makes sense. Integral characters that are unexplained, because of one-note superficial writing. After the first third of the book, I had to push through to finish it. Especially the middle part with all the welding. Take my advice and skim skim skim through the welding. The very end ramps up with some excitement, but not enough to make up of for the rest. Sad. I would have liked more moonwalking, less welding. More thinking, less insulting. More imagination, less joking. More sci-fi, less lame comedy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    When Artemis first came out I started seeing lots of one and two star reviews. Not wanting to spoil the book, I didn't read them very in depth. But, the star situation had me concerned as I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed The Martian very much. Was I in for a big letdown? Lucky for me, the book was a 4 star experience! Thoughts on why others rated it so low - these are just guesses, I may be totally wrong: It is not The Martian - sometimes when people are a huge fan of a book they are When Artemis first came out I started seeing lots of one and two star reviews. Not wanting to spoil the book, I didn't read them very in depth. But, the star situation had me concerned as I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed The Martian very much. Was I in for a big letdown? Lucky for me, the book was a 4 star experience! Thoughts on why others rated it so low - these are just guesses, I may be totally wrong: It is not The Martian - sometimes when people are a huge fan of a book they are hoping for a same experience with the next book. While it had shades of The Martian with the space science and the sarcastic humor, it is not The Martian. For me, this was not a problem. It is a comedy - this is a funny/silly book. Sarcastic, cynical, innuendo filled humor is rampant. If you are not a fan of borderline inappropriate jokes or cheesy puns, this is not the book for you. I liked it and thought it was hilarious! Science/Technology - After The Martian, I think it would be expected, but this book has a lot of science/engineering and maybe that detracted too much from the story for some. It did not bother me. It is a caper - in addition to the heavy science/engineering, there is also a fairly complex espionage/political intrigue element to the story line. Figuring out what exactly is happening and why is a bit difficult. For me, this was one part I can sort of agree seemed not quite as tightly woven as the rest of the book. So, I liked it! Since other people I kind of expected to like this didn't, I am not quite sure who to recommend it to. But, if Weir keeps writing, I will keep coming back for more!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Hutchinson

    This book is awful. It's not just awful, it's offensive and immature and badly written. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, but I'd enjoyed The Martian and hoped the followup would be fun in a similar way. It wasn't. There was nothing fun about this book. Let's start with Jazz: Jazz Bashara is a Saudi woman written the way a white guy who's never spoken to or met a single woman in his entire life would write her. She talks about her boobs and being naked and makes sexual innuendos about EVERYTHING This book is awful. It's not just awful, it's offensive and immature and badly written. I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, but I'd enjoyed The Martian and hoped the followup would be fun in a similar way. It wasn't. There was nothing fun about this book. Let's start with Jazz: Jazz Bashara is a Saudi woman written the way a white guy who's never spoken to or met a single woman in his entire life would write her. She talks about her boobs and being naked and makes sexual innuendos about EVERYTHING. Seriously, there are 15 y/o boys who could have written this character with greater respect and far fewer sex jokes. The slut shaming: How many times can people (including Jazz) mention that she has SO MUCH SEX? Some mention it as a means to shame her, Jazz mentions it to brag. It's just weird and gross and, honestly, only something a guy would write. The gay jokes: Just because Weir wrote a gay character into the book doesn't mean he gets to demean that character. The only person who's probably mentioned as having more sex than Jazz is Dale. Because gay men are sluts, am I right? Get it? Because they have a lot of sex. Oh, and not only is the gay guy a slut, but he stole Jazz's boyfriend and slept with him while he and Jazz were still together. If I had my way I would ban Weir from ever writing about another gay character in any book for the rest of his life. Then there's just lots of random messed up stuff. Like how one of Jazz's ex-boyfriends (who's 24) cheats on her with a 14 y/o girl, and Jazz blows it off by saying how the city on the moon doesn't have an age of consent because lots of people have different morals. WTF?!?!? There's also the odd subplot that goes nowhere about the reusable condom. LOTS of broad, offensive generalizations about other cultures. And the plot isn't even good. It's a mess of highly unlikely stuff happening split by sex jokes and then more stuff happening that would never ever happen in real life (and not just because it's on the moon, but because (view spoiler)[when you sabotage three pieces of mining equipment, blow up a company, and poison 2,000 people you go to jail. Saying Jazz doesn't because they don't have one or whatever is stupid. (hide spoiler)] I thought Armada, the followup to Ready Player One was bad, but this book is a crime against literature. Don't waste your time as I've wasted mine. Read something, anything other than this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Seems to me that Andy Weir rushed to write this book. Oh man, what a disappointment. And an even bigger disappointment that it won the science fiction category of the Goodreads Choice Awards. (Just because the author is popular.) To be honest, I didn’t even realize Jazz Bashara was a woman until specific pronouns were used. That certainly did not take long, but even after I made that realization, I couldn’t shake the feeling that Jazz’s personality matched that of a man more. But that’s probably be Seems to me that Andy Weir rushed to write this book. Oh man, what a disappointment. And an even bigger disappointment that it won the science fiction category of the Goodreads Choice Awards. (Just because the author is popular.) To be honest, I didn’t even realize Jazz Bashara was a woman until specific pronouns were used. That certainly did not take long, but even after I made that realization, I couldn’t shake the feeling that Jazz’s personality matched that of a man more. But that’s probably because I’ve read other works by this author, works that included a male hero, and their voices sound really, really similar. Is it just me, though? What awful writing. I can’t believe this is the same author who wrote THE MARTIAN. It’s like Andy Weir wrote everything that came to his mind, without even processing the information. Maybe if he’d done that, he would have realized that some of the things he wrote were truly, astonishingly offensive. Some are going to say that he’s ‘‘keeping it real’’. You know, ‘‘telling it like it is’’, but all he’s doing is perpetrating stereotypes and racist ways of thinking, like him implying that a niqab is a mask that raises suspicion.* It’s just so wrong for him to say that. I needed this book to be more serious and considerate of other nationalities and cultures and actually have a female character I could connect with, but I disliked Jazz profusely. Goodbye, book. Do not take care. DNF. * Jazz said, ''Great way to wear a mask without arousing suspicion'' (on page 74) and I thought she was being sarcastic, because of her personality and lack of ''It's a'' before the word ''great''. That was my first thought. Perhaps I'm wrong - it's very much possible - but the writing confused me at times. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    This book was great. I admit to worrying that he wouldn't be able to keep up the quality from The Martian, and this is definitely a very different kind of tale from that, being half a heist novel but otherwise just a great adventure, but he pulls it off. Better than pulling it off, even. I love his characters and the feel of the moon city, Artemis, is vital and detailed. But you know what the best part is? I was thoroughly entertained during the entire read. The pacing is great, the reveals belie This book was great. I admit to worrying that he wouldn't be able to keep up the quality from The Martian, and this is definitely a very different kind of tale from that, being half a heist novel but otherwise just a great adventure, but he pulls it off. Better than pulling it off, even. I love his characters and the feel of the moon city, Artemis, is vital and detailed. But you know what the best part is? I was thoroughly entertained during the entire read. The pacing is great, the reveals believable, the twists unexpected, and the action, delightful. I really couldn't ask for more when it comes to fun science fiction. The moon is a great place to have an adventure. There's always the threat of being deported to Earth, the expensive living arrangements, and the law if you're a smuggler, which Jazz is, but there's always suit and engineering and environmental problems to worry about, too. And never forget greed and cupidity and the need to balance being a good person against a ton of intrigue. That's what we've got going on, here, and it's a real treat every step of the way. No spoilers, but I can easily say that I had a great time reading it from the first to the last page. Nothing could have pleased me more. The read is solid as hell. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    I HAVE SUCH MIXED FEELINGS. The first half of this book was very fun, and the plot was interesting and all that. The only thing that bugged me was the writing style, which I suppose is similar to The Martian, but I felt it was a better fit with that story, and with Artemis it just felt forced. Other than that though, I was loving it! This book could have easily been 4 or 5 stars from me. Then, around the halfway point, the book sort of lost me. The overall plot for this story is Jazz performing a I HAVE SUCH MIXED FEELINGS. The first half of this book was very fun, and the plot was interesting and all that. The only thing that bugged me was the writing style, which I suppose is similar to The Martian, but I felt it was a better fit with that story, and with Artemis it just felt forced. Other than that though, I was loving it! This book could have easily been 4 or 5 stars from me. Then, around the halfway point, the book sort of lost me. The overall plot for this story is Jazz performing a heist, and I was expecting it to take the whole book, but the main part of the heist itself finishes around the middle of the book. Of course, there is plenty of backlash and more conflict that arises, but it wasn't what I was expecting, which could be partly the reason for me not enjoying the book as much. All in all, I'm glad I read this, and I'm now anxiously awaiting Andy Weir's next book! I just hope whatever he writes next is from a male perspective because although I appreciate his effort, Jazz's voice just sounded like Mark Watney pretending to be a woman.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    Artemis - image from BusinessInsider.com Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara has a problem. She is 26 and close to being homeless, which is illegal where she lives. Back on Earth she would have had a lot of company, but living in Artemis, the moon’s only city, population two thousand, laying low is a bit tougher. She used to live with her father, but is too embarrassed to go back, having had a tiny accident in his workplace, smoking weed there with a pal, and…ummm…pretty much burning it down. Oopsy. She slee Artemis - image from BusinessInsider.com Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara has a problem. She is 26 and close to being homeless, which is illegal where she lives. Back on Earth she would have had a lot of company, but living in Artemis, the moon’s only city, population two thousand, laying low is a bit tougher. She used to live with her father, but is too embarrassed to go back, having had a tiny accident in his workplace, smoking weed there with a pal, and…ummm…pretty much burning it down. Oopsy. She sleeps in a tiny space fondly referred to as a coffin, gets by working as a porter, despite her exceptional brain, and aspires to getting her EVA license, which would allow her to make real money, escorting tourists and doing other outside jobs. Too bad she kinda blew her road test. Andy Weir - image from Wired Good thing, though, that she has a fallback, a steady entrepreneurial gig. She moonlights as a smuggler. A steady client of her off-book import biz, a tech billionaire sort, has a plan for taking over a local enterprise. All it requires is for someone to do some unapproved EVA work and blow some things up. The million slugs (local currency – maybe she should be called a sluggler. Ok, maybe not) he offers makes it worth the very considerable risk of moving from her low orbit criminal activity to the much higher orbit of actual felon. But what was that mysterious box she spotted at his place, labeled ZAFO? Unfortunately, all does not go as planned, and now some very scary darkside people are doing their best to put her in a state of permanent eclipse. I see Brianna Hildebrand as Jazz Artemis is a very exciting action-adventure sci-fi tale, with a dose of mystery tossed in. Weir made some effort to hone his character-building skills and it shows. “I worked hard to make a deeper character than Mark Watney…Jazz is more nuanced. She’s flawed. She makes bad decisions. She’s incredibly intelligent, but she’s always looking for the shortcut.” - from the EW interviewThat’s one small step for an author, one giant leap for reading enjoyment. Jazz is fun and relatable, well, relatable enough that we care whether or not she is given a close encounter with an unlivable atmosphere. You might have to suspend your moral perspectives though, as Jazz is what she is, a criminal. Her wise-cracking sense of humor is very appealing, as it was for Mark Watney in The Martian. Each chapter ends with an exchange of messages, from many years before, between Jazz and an Earth-based friend. These also give us reasons to care about her. I see Penny Johnson Jerald as Administrator Fidelis Ngugi - image from Hollywood Reporter As with The Martian, Andy Weir is very interested in showing us space tech, and explaining the relevant science. Unlike the case with his uber hit, he manages to stop himself from loading us up with too much. A bit of corny humor around an experimental reusable condom did not work. I kept seeing Oded Fehr as Jazz’s father, Ammar Bashara – image from TV Guide He looks at the economy and sociology of the moon society as well, including crime, currency, and political organization. This is where his Arthur C. Clarke, hard-science inclinations, meet up with Asimovian social examination, and a Heinleinian feel for dialogue, while stopping well short of the sort of deeper politico-sociological considerations of, say, Ursula Leguin. What he has succeeded in writing is a fast-moving, engaging, fun book that will slip you a little intel about actual moon-base science and planning while keeping you thoroughly entertained. Kristofer Hivju, with, perhaps, a bit of a beard trim, could be a wonderful Trond Review posted – 12/29/2017 Publication date – 11/14/2017 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, Twitter and FB pages. 10/4/2017 - On the production of aluminum A nifty wiki - Life on Artemis Rosario Dawson reads a bit of Artemis A small interview bit from Entertainment Weekly

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    I received a free advance copy of this for review from NetGalley. M-O-O-N. That spells Andy Weir’s new novel. (OK, if you haven’t read Stephen King’s The Stand that joke won’t make sense to you, but rather than think that’s a failure of my review I’m going to say that it’s your own fault for not having read The Stand. Serves you right.) It’s the near future, and there’s a city on the moon called Artemis. Jazz Bashara is a young woman who has grown up there, and knowing the place like the back of h I received a free advance copy of this for review from NetGalley. M-O-O-N. That spells Andy Weir’s new novel. (OK, if you haven’t read Stephen King’s The Stand that joke won’t make sense to you, but rather than think that’s a failure of my review I’m going to say that it’s your own fault for not having read The Stand. Serves you right.) It’s the near future, and there’s a city on the moon called Artemis. Jazz Bashara is a young woman who has grown up there, and knowing the place like the back of her hand makes it easier for her to hustle a living legally by being a porter who hauls stuff around. Illegally, she makes money on the side with a smuggling business. If she could get her EVA certification she could make a lot more by showing tourists the sights outside, but a hardware problem makes her fail the test as well as nearly killing her. So when a rich guy offers her a huge payday to perform a dangerous act of sabotage on a business rival Jazz takes the gig. Things don’t go quite as planned and soon Jazz is in danger of being deported back to Earth or murdered, and she isn’t sure which one would be worse. Just to get this out of the way: No, it isn’t as good as The Martian. But it’s still a pretty fun read and got a lot of the stuff I liked about that one so no shame there. Weir has built up a lot of detail about life on the moon from the nuts-and-bolts stuff science stuff as well as how the Artemis society functions. One detail I particularly liked is that the moon citizens trade in ‘slugs’ which stands for ‘soft landed grams’ which is a weight based credit system to have things shipped from Earth. We’ve also got another likeable lead character in Jazz just as we did with Mark Watney in The Martian. Jazz is a borderline criminal, not an astronaut, but like Mark she’s got a can-do attitude mixed with a fun way of explaining all the technical stuff to the reader. She’s also got a similar smart-ass nature, and that could have gone wrong because snarky leads can turn into annoying joke machines if not done well. Yet Weir never lets it get away from him and keeps it funny. So why not as good as his first book? While it’s great that Weir made his main character a young woman who is a lapsed Muslim he didn’t exactly do anything with those traits. Jazz could have easily been a young male of any religion so it seems like an easy nod to diversity rather than incorporating anything that might have deepened her. Also, while this one has Jazz getting into plenty of predicaments it lacks the tension that The Martian had its best. Granted, one is a survival story and one is more of a sci-fi thriller so it’s comparing apples to giraffes to some extent, but I just never felt like Jazz was in any real danger whereas I legitimately didn’t know if Watney would make it off Mars. Still, it’s got the same kind of enthusiastic attitude of his first book, and it’s nice to read about smart people doing smart things. This isn’t great literature, but Weir has an entertaining style. He’s also great at blending science, story, and humor into a nice little sci-fi stew.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars here. Although it has been a few years since Andy Weir published The Martian , he hasn't been missing from the literary world, thanks to his sharing a number of free super-short stories with the reading public. ( Annie's Day remains my favorite of the bunch.) Even so, I was anxious for him to come out with a new novel. Artemis is the first city on the moon. While wealthy tourists get to experience the city's luxuries, for the ordinary citizens living there, it's alm I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars here. Although it has been a few years since Andy Weir published The Martian , he hasn't been missing from the literary world, thanks to his sharing a number of free super-short stories with the reading public. ( Annie's Day remains my favorite of the bunch.) Even so, I was anxious for him to come out with a new novel. Artemis is the first city on the moon. While wealthy tourists get to experience the city's luxuries, for the ordinary citizens living there, it's almost like any other city—the struggles between the haves and have-nots, corruption, violence, crime, the usual. (Almost like any other city except for the gravity, and the fact that everything is encased in bubble-type structures to keep the extreme radiation and space dust out.) Jazz Bashara is a low-level porter on Artemis. She longs for a better life but doesn't have the motivation to do anything more than what she does, even though she has the brains and the talent for much more. Instead, she ekes out a living as a criminal, smuggling in contraband from Earth for anyone willing to pay her. She doesn't care that it's wrong; in fact, she's more than a little proud to be gaming the system. One day, one of Jazz's wealthy regular customers offers her a part in a scheme that seems almost too good to be true, but her part of the spoils would be enough to give her the type of life she has always dreamed of. Of course, what seems too good to be true usually is, and it isn't long before Jazz realizes she's in the middle of something much bigger than a get-rich-quick scheme—there's corruption, and people are willing to go to any lengths to protect what they believe is theirs. Jazz is going to need more than just her street smarts if she's going to survive this. Jazz is a pretty fascinating character. She's pretty tough, smart, wily, and not embarrassed about her sexuality or her general laziness. She knows she could achieve more, but for the most part, she isn't motivated to do so through legal channels. I love the fact that Weir created a multi-cultural cast of characters without batting an eye—Jazz is a Saudi Arabian Muslim (albeit non-practicing), and there are characters from different races, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations that don't adhere to stereotypes. Until I read Artemis , I somehow forgot how science-heavy The Martian was. But while all that science seemed to work in The Martian it seemed to weigh this book down a bit. (And no, it wasn't the gravity.) Weir has created quite a world, and certainly the descriptions helped paint the scene, but I felt at times the lengthy scientific diatribes pulled the plot off course. The other thing that frustrated me about the book is the fact that Jazz speaks and thinks like a teenage boy. Even though you're rooting for her, after a while her lack of maturity started to grate on me. Those criticisms notwithstanding, Weir knows how to tell a story. Even though I thought the caper (and that's the best word to describe the scheme Jazz finds herself in) was a little silly, I couldn't stop reading Artemis . It's a fun and interesting book, and you have to wonder how close to reality Weir's vision of life on the moon will come, if it ever becomes a reality. NetGalley and Crown Publishing provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    I never read The Martian but am aware that it is a hugely popular book and movie. I don't read much science fiction but I loved Artemis. Weir goes into a lot of depth and detail in his world building of a city on the moon that has adopted Kenyan time, with its 5 bubbles named after famous astronauts with their own distinct identities and linked by tunnels. What made this book such a great read for me is the complex character of 26 year old Jazz Bashara, a woman that breaks every stereotype of a I never read The Martian but am aware that it is a hugely popular book and movie. I don't read much science fiction but I loved Artemis. Weir goes into a lot of depth and detail in his world building of a city on the moon that has adopted Kenyan time, with its 5 bubbles named after famous astronauts with their own distinct identities and linked by tunnels. What made this book such a great read for me is the complex character of 26 year old Jazz Bashara, a woman that breaks every stereotype of a Muslim Saudi Arabian female. She works as a lowly porter with a sideline in earning extra slugs (currency) from smuggling goods for her customers. She is intelligent, sassy, witty, knows how to hold a grudge and is funny. She has the street smarts to be so much more than a porter, but she is drawn to testing herself outside the conventional boundaries of society and sidestepping the expectations others have for her, particularly her father. For her, the thrill is in the challenge and the smuggling allows her to supplement her meager earnings as a porter which allows only for her to reside in a 'coffin', where she can sleep, but otherwise has to share communal facilities with others. The wealthy Trond Lanvik is looking to acquire Sanchez Aluminium through underhand means and offers Jazz a million slugs to sabotage the company. Jazz is immediately drawn to the proposal because she wants somewhere better to live and more. She comes up with a plan that she is only partially successful in executing. It soon hits her that she has taken on more than she can chew as she comes to discover two murders and realises she is the killer's next target. This means she has to go underground and move amongst the shadows whilst she tries to understand what is going on and escape being killed. To her horror, she finds herself entangled with the Brazilian mob, and has to foil the looming threats to the community of Artemis. So armed with her outlandish and borderline crazy (lunatic?) ideas, and the help of those closest to her, Jazz finds herself in toxic and dangerous territory where the lives of all on Artemis is at stake. Weir draws up a great supporting cast for Jazz in this tense and suspenseful lunar thriller. There is Jewish Evo guide Dale, gay and desperate to get back in Jazz's good books after a personal betrayal. Jazz and her father have a complicated relationship, which given her rebellious streak, is no surprise, but Weir subtly reveals the depth of their connection and love for each other, despite all that stands between them. Ukrainian Martin Svoboda, a technical whizz, is socially awkward but his commitment to Jazz left me hoping that their relationship would become something more. This is a fantastic read, and I hope Andy Weir has plans to revive Jazz as a character in the future. Many thanks to Random House Ebury for an ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Overall a decent read even though I had some issues with the book (listed below). The good and the ugly: We start at 0! + 1 star for the light-hearted banter - 1 star for stupid sex ennuendos, promiscuity bashing or whatever + 1 star for the world-building + 1 star for the readability + 1 star for the clear cut style - 1 star for this gal's stupidity and total immaturity + 1 star for the science present (there was some of it, not all good, but some) + 1 star for the fact that we have got no loooong mul Overall a decent read even though I had some issues with the book (listed below). The good and the ugly: We start at 0! + 1 star for the light-hearted banter - 1 star for stupid sex ennuendos, promiscuity bashing or whatever + 1 star for the world-building + 1 star for the readability + 1 star for the clear cut style - 1 star for this gal's stupidity and total immaturity + 1 star for the science present (there was some of it, not all good, but some) + 1 star for the fact that we have got no loooong multipaged star drive building lectures (which often plagues the sci-fi) + 1 star for our heroes not giving lectures to each other on everyday to them things and rather referring to the reader with explanations - 1 star for overall plot logic lacking in places, some things sounding especially harebrained + 1 star for economics considerations - 1 star for nationalistic overgeneralizations, some pretty brutal (in my touchy view) + 1 star for getting some Russian/Ukrainian names right. - 1 star for lame security considerations Overall 4 stars. And here go my complimentary rants: Me is getting ANGRY! It drives me mad, when my writers do stupid things in their worldbuilding, ones EASILY avoidable! Somehow, our misguided author decided that if people populate the Moon, they will freaking jump around on it due to gravity 6 times lower than on Earth! Just look at that: 1. Q: When you can’t get off the ground in the moon’s gravity, you are seriously out of it. (c) 2. Q: The pickup request was for a package approximately one hundred kilograms. No problem for me. I can lift twice that without breaking a sweat. Not many Earth gals can say that! Sure, they have six times the gravity to deal with, but that’s their problem. (c) 3. Q: Trond vaulted over the back of the couch (not as exciting as it sounds—remember the gravity here). (c) 4. Q: Stairwells in the core are just like stairwells on Earth—short little twenty-one-centimeter-high steps. It makes the tourists more comfortable. In areas that don’t get tourists, stairs are each a half meter high. That’s lunar gravity for you. Anyway, I hopped up the tourist stairs until I reached ground level. (c) 5. On Earth, Lene was confined to a wheelchair, but on the moon, she could easily move around on crutches. (c) That is a stupid idea. In order to be able to get that benefit from that gravity and not just become weaker from weaker daily exersions, all people will have to do a lot (a freaking lot) of really heavy lifting (spread for all muscle groups), all the freaking time! Otherwise, their musculature will become used to the background tasks intensity, which is going to be 6 times lower in 1/6 g. So, we don't get a population that happily lugs around 100 Earth kg packages. Instead, we would get population panting with 24 Moon kg packages, equivalent to 4 Earth kg packages. Additionally, they would probably develop some additional fenotypic unfortunate features, such as lower density of bones (which would render it problematic for them to go to Earth) and higher height. Besides, a person who has lived on the Moon since she was 6, would probably be hard-pressed to be comparing the Moon and Earth gravities all the time. She would have been long since gotten used to Moon and gotten weaker over there with time. The author acknowledges this stuff but only for just a bit: Q: You can’t gestate a baby in lunar gravity—it leads to birth defects. And you can’t raise a baby here, anyway. It’s terrible for bone and muscle development. When I moved here I was six years old—that was the minimum age for residency back then. Since then they’ve bumped it up to twelve. Should I be worried? (c) And a bit more: Q: And if I got caught I’d get exiled to Earth. I probably couldn’t stand up on Earth, let alone live there. I’d been in lunar gravity since I was six. (c) If so, why all the hype about Moon grav? It wouldn't have been felt. Q: That’s how justice works around here. We don’t have jails or fines. If you commit a serious crime, we exile you to Earth. For everything else, there’s Rudy. (c) Q: Artemis doesn’t have a fire department. We have volunteers. But smoke and fire are so deadly here the volunteers have to know how to breathe with air tanks. So all EVA masters and EVA trainees are automatically volunteers. Yes, there’s an irony there. ... The fire brigade, well trained, got on it immediately. ... Artemis does not fuck around with fire safety.(c) Ok, this made me smile a bit. No, you don't have a fire department and still you get to tell you don't fuck with fire safety. Q: ... Svoboda ... reached absently for his coffee. His hand passed three beakers of deadly acid before he grabbed the mug and took a sip. I swear that idiot’s going to kill himself someday. (c)He probably is also considered as not fucking with work safety. Q: And you could get any drink you wanted, as long as it was beer. (c) Q: That meant it was a secret. Now I really wanted to know what it was. Turns out I’m a nosy little shit. (c) Q: "After each use, you turn the condom inside-out and put it in this cylinder.." "Ew." "Then you turn on the cleaner. There's a liquid cleanse cycle and then a high temperature bake for ten minutes. After that it's sterile and ready to use again..." "Oh God, no." "You should probably rinse it off first.." "Stop!" I said. "Why would anyone want something like this? ... Hey, I could even give Svoboda’s condom a trial run. Why not?" (c) OMG. What's it with used stuff for sex and cleaning and popular authors? Is it the crisis? (Remember that used butt plugs cleaning discussion in 50 Shades of whatever #3? This one reads really close to that one!) Q: Billy, I’ve swallowed better-tasting stuff that came out of people. (c) Yeah, it's definitely the crisis. On the Moon, of all places. Q: “I can make a profit by selling these kits for three thousand slugs each.” “Condoms only cost fifty slugs. Why would anyone buy this?” ... “Do the math,” he said. “Normal condoms cost way too much. ... But my product will last through two hundred uses, minimum. That’s ten thousand slugs of savings.” (c) Yeah, DO the math. 50 slugs x 200 uses = 10 000 slugs saved. But if the contraption costs 3 000 slugs. So it's only the happy creator, who would save 10 000 slugs, the rest would save 10 000 - 3 000 = 7 000 slugs. Q: Irina opened the door and frowned at me like I’d just pissed in her borscht. (c) This is stupid perception. Russians don't smile all the time, that doesn't mean they are glum. Q: His daughter Lene sat next to him. (c) I've a feeling Lene is a misspelled Lena. Writers should be licensed to use Russian/Ukraininan names only after proper research. Martin 'Svoboda' ('Freedom' from Russian & Ukrainian) was used as a name of one of the heroes. Well, at least it wasn't misspelled or something. The author got some names right and earned a major kudo for that from me. Q: I knew what I had to do—I just didn’t like it. I’d have to blow the remaining two at the same time. Please don’t quote that last sentence out of context. (c) Uh-huh. Q: Her Swahili-accented English rolled so smoothly off her tongue I wanted to adopt her as my grandma right then and there. (c) Q: “I hear you failed your EVA exam.” I groaned. “Does everyone in town know about that? Do you all meet up and talk about me when I’m not around or something?” (c) And the plan-hatching is plain annoying! It went like this: Q: “Okay,” I said. “I see where this is going….” ... I don’t want to put people out of their jobs.” ... “Okay, but I don’t know anything about harvesters.” ... “Say, Trond, why is your company assembling harvesters? ... “So it’s my problem to find a weakness in these things? I’m not an engineer.” ... “Okay, but what happens if I get caught?” ... “Why me? What makes you think I can even pull this off?” “Jazz, I’m a businessman,” he said. “My whole job is exploiting underutilized resources. And you are a massively underutilized resource.” ... “You could have been anything. Didn’t want to be a welder? No problem. You could have been a scientist. An engineer. A politician. A business leader. Anything. But you’re a porter.” ... You’re really smart and you want money. ...(c) Oh, really. L is for Logic. Q: I pulled a chair toward me, spun it around, and straddled it. ... “Do women know how sexy they look when they sit like that?” “Of course.” (c) Q: But no idiot-proofing can overcome a determined idiot. There’s a flaw in the system. (c) Q: And like all good plans, it required a crazy Ukrainian guy. (c) Reads very... nationalistic and gloating? Especially considering that Ukrainians what, every 6? 10? years take apart the Kreschatik cobblestones and go on burning tyres and having general massive public fights to get a yet another of their misguided revolutions with view to have yet other thieves installed in the Rada and wherever. Which just illustrates the depth of planning... not. I do realise how stupid that must look to the world but I still will break your nose for bashing the Ukraine! like them, so that phrase is a major deal breaker for me. Q: the tracks never had to deal with the warping effects of weather (c) So not true. The temperature changes between 150 C and -200 C (or something like that) might be warping worse than weather. Q: About fifteen guys. They beat the shit out of him. He wouldn’t talk about it afterward, but I knew what it was about. It’s a thing people do here. It’s called a “morals brigade.” ... And I knew he had other girls. But I didn’t know he was screwing a fourteen-year-old. We’ve got people from all over Earth here. Different cultures have very different sexual morals, so Artemis doesn’t have age-of-consent rules at all. As long as it’s not forced, it’s not rape. And the girl was consenting. But we’re not savages here. (c) Seriously, WTF? I don't think any more contradictions might have fit in here. Q: I don’t know exactly how the conversation went, but I assume it was something like this: Sanchez controllers: “Hey! Why are you fucking with our harvester?!” EVA masters: “We’re not.” Sanchez: “Well, someone is.” EVA masters: “We’ll go kick their ass. Not because we care about you, but because we want to continue our stranglehold monopoly on EVAs. Also, we’re a bunch of assholes.”(c) Q: It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. And that’s a field of intense competition.(c) Q: What are they going to do? Kill me harder?(c) Q: Dad shook his hand. “One of those ‘friends with benefits’?” “Ugh.” I rolled my eyes. “I don’t do that, Dad. This may shock you, but I haven’t had sex with anyone in this whole room.” “Well, it’s a small room.”(c) Q: I have a plan.” “A plan?” He looked concerned. “Your plans are…uh…should I hide somewhere?”(c) Q: I didn’t want to spend any more time inside the mind of an economist. It was dark and disturbing.(c) Q: Difficult times, my friend, but there is a path. There must be. We will find it. (c)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. A chemistry-centric heist/mystery/action-adventure that hinges on its roguish protagonist.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    On sale today! 3.25 stars - sadly, I'm dropping down from my initial "soft" 4 star rating, on further reflection. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Life in Artemis, the only human city on the moon, is rough for Jasmine Bashara, a 26 year old delivery person, smuggler, and would-be tourist guide. She fails her EVA (extravehicular activity) Guild exam in, literally, breathtaking fashion; she’s somewhat estranged from her welder father, to whom she owes a huge personal debt; she’s living al On sale today! 3.25 stars - sadly, I'm dropping down from my initial "soft" 4 star rating, on further reflection. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Life in Artemis, the only human city on the moon, is rough for Jasmine Bashara, a 26 year old delivery person, smuggler, and would-be tourist guide. She fails her EVA (extravehicular activity) Guild exam in, literally, breathtaking fashion; she’s somewhat estranged from her welder father, to whom she owes a huge personal debt; she’s living alone in a tiny, claustrophobia-inducing capsule room; she barely gets by on her payments as a porter (supplemented by some judicious smuggling activity). But Jazz wouldn’t want to live any other place ― certainly not on Earth ― and she’s determined to make a success of her life, with no help from anyone. So when Trond Landvik, one of the wealthiest people on the moon and a regular customer for Jazz’s smuggled luxuries, offers her a million “slugs” (moon currency) to do a highly illegal sabotage job, Jazz can’t resist. Trond’s intention is to disrupt Sanchez Aluminum’s production of oxygen for long enough that he can take over the business, for reasons he’s cagey about. The job requires Jazz to sneak out of the domed city of Artemis (tough when all comings and goings out of the city’s four airlocks are constantly monitored) and take out four massive anorthite harvester machines. Jazz is both brilliant and determined, and comes up with a complicated scheme worthy of Mark Watney. But the plan doesn’t work out quite the way she intended, organized crime elements get involved, and suddenly it’s a life-and-death situation for Jazz. Artemis (2017), Andy Weir’s just-published second novel, didn’t engage me nearly to the extent The Martian did, but it’s action-packed and ― once the crimes finally get rolling ― compulsively readable. There’s a complex crime caper on the moon and lots of geeky hard science details. The domed moon city setting is laid out with a great deal attention to detail; Weir’s world (or moon)-building is fairly elaborate, if not fleshed out quite as completely as I would have liked. I suppose something had to give to work in all the science facts and the too often cringe-worthy jokes. The cast of characters in Artemis is highly diverse, beginning with Jazz herself, a rebellious Arab young woman protagonist. She’s Muslim in heritage, though non-religious and sexually active. Artemis’ government is controlled by Kenya, with a female administrator, and its population is a cross-section of several Earth nationalities. One of Jazz’s friends is gay, though their relationship’s been on the rocks since he “stole” Jazz’s former boyfriend away from her ― ouch. Jazz also has had a Kenyan pen pal since she was nine years old; their mildly interesting letters provide interludes at the end of each chapter, giving us some background information regarding Jazz’s past, and gradually tying back into Jazz’s present circumstances. Unfortunately, characterization isn’t otherwise a strong point in Artemis. Jazz’s juvenile, snarky personality frequently irritated me. She’s a genius ― when motivated, she picks up electronics design and the chemistry underlying high-temperature smelting with a few quick hours of study ― but she often acts in childish, petulant ways because of her pride and rebelliousness. Her character and fondness for crude jokes makes Jazz read more like a teenage boy than a woman in her mid-twenties. Her mantra in life seems to be “nobody can tell me what to do.” Jazz gradually gains a sliver of wisdom and redemption, but it’s limited. The secondary characters are (mostly) appealing personalities, but easily recognizable and one-dimensional types. Artemis’s crime caper plot is also a more standard and familiar one; the novel as a whole just isn’t as fresh or compelling as The Martian. While the hard science details aren’t given short shrift, they flow less smoothly in Artemis than in The Martian, bogging down the pace somewhat. However, Weir is clearly making an effort to expand his horizons: along with the greater diversity, the reader is also treated to lessons in wealth inequality, economics, and sciences like welding and smelting. Duct tape even makes a brief but memorable appearance in the plot, in a mic drop scene sure to be appreciated by fans of The Martian. In the end, Artemis was a reasonably engaging story, but Weir’s shortcomings as an author are more apparent here, with the less gripping plot, than they were in The Martian. Whether you’ll enjoy Artemis depends, I think, upon your affinity (or tolerance) for complex crime caper plots, immature protagonists, and an abundance of technical science. I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher and NetGalley for review. Thanks! Content note: Somewhat frequent F-bombs; sexually active main character (view spoiler)[(though not within the pages of this book) (hide spoiler)] .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Did a bunch of male redditor stereotypes get together and create a "sexy" protagonist and write this? Because that's what it felt like. It's a no from me. Video review will be up next week :D Edit/Note: I go on reddit every single day. I was making a joke that the protagonist felt like a cliche of what men want women to be like. It's not an awful book. I just had a few issues with the plot/pacing I'll talk about in my video review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Henry Avila

    The Moon... during the futuristic years , the 2080's, set on its only city Artemis ( ancient Greek goddess of the Moon), granted not much in comparison to Earth's urban centers, just 2,000 people living inside five crowded, connected spheres (bubbles), mostly underground, small living spaces, few parks, little hotels for the tourists, entertainment essentially non- existent... The views largely obstructed; outside a black night, as a gigantic half Earth above slowly transverse the sky ...shall w The Moon... during the futuristic years , the 2080's, set on its only city Artemis ( ancient Greek goddess of the Moon), granted not much in comparison to Earth's urban centers, just 2,000 people living inside five crowded, connected spheres (bubbles), mostly underground, small living spaces, few parks, little hotels for the tourists, entertainment essentially non- existent... The views largely obstructed; outside a black night, as a gigantic half Earth above slowly transverse the sky ...shall we say a dull experience for the Artemisians...don't call them Loonies. Our main character is Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara, brought to this satellite by her devout Muslim father, Ammar, when six, from Saudi Arabia, her mother is somewhere on the third planet. At 26 , she speaks like a foul mouth boy of 15, drinking, not very religious, seeing many men, a bit wild, obviously estranged from her parent, the one Jazz has known and loved since a child. You may believe a trip to the Moon would be a voyage of a lifetime, save your money, rather dull in fact. Not much to see but the Apollo 11 landing site, this is the Sea of Tranquility and the city just a few miles away, no coincidence ...the spheres, all are named after American astronauts. The Flag is buried under grayish moon dust, like the rest of this world though, and none have touched it in more than a century. The excited tourists love taking the 25 miles train ride to the Visitor Center and look reverently , the brave, an EVA for a closer view. Still the constant space liners from their good neighbor, the Blue Globe, bring prosperous people, unlike other sci-fi books about this planet, they continue to be alive and thriving in the late 21st century...Jazz is not happy living in a tiny room where she can't even stand-up , no bathroom, she needs to go down the hall hoping it isn't occupied, sleeping in a bed so minuscule, they're nicknamed coffins, no kitchen, basically a hole in the wall, would you ? The corporation who ruled here is from Kenya, but the inhabitants are from every part of Earth. I wonder where is China, Russia, the U.S. , Japan, Europe and the others, a strange monopoly of a potentially lucrative asset and a strategic territory too, but I regress...Jazz is no model citizen, if they declared this a country, which cleverly the people of Luna do not, politically a wise decision, she pretends to be a porter, in reality a smuggler of contraband, cigars, liquor, machinery, anything but guns and hard drugs, (even petty criminals have standards) as the freighters, space liners arrive from Terra , and soon comes along a fabulous opportunity , to score big , she will not turn down. A shady Billionaire, Trond Landvik, with a crippled daughter, Lene, the low gravity enables her to walk with crutches there, or jump ten feet in the air, ( no wonder the rich man lives here ).He has a plan, quite daring and very illegal to destroy a factory of a business rival, yes the Moon is like Earth, a little tricky though, this building is located outside on the lunar surface, less than a mile from Artemis, and makes all the air for the city...not to worry, maybe, a hidden supply is nearby, he says... unbeknownst the owners are Brazilian mobsters, ouch. Jazz needs help, a bashful scientist friend, the brilliant Martin Svoboda and others to make her a million slugs, lunar money... Some will look at the Moon and declare it is ugly others beautiful, nevertheless the imagination conquers everything, for nothing is more interesting to the reader, than what can be, or should be ...books are our ship to the stars...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Monroe

    "A story about a city on the moon with a female lead." First thing that popped in my head:

  20. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    2.5ish stars. Right off the bat I'll just say, I think the first half of this book is awful. It was like Weir conceded that plot set-up and characterization are things that novels should include, so he gave it his best shot and attempted to cover up his lack of ability in those areas by making lots and lots of (middle school) jokes. Once the heist starts, the action kicks in, and the surprisingly believable and interesting technical, science-y bits come into play, the book hits its stride and sh 2.5ish stars. Right off the bat I'll just say, I think the first half of this book is awful. It was like Weir conceded that plot set-up and characterization are things that novels should include, so he gave it his best shot and attempted to cover up his lack of ability in those areas by making lots and lots of (middle school) jokes. Once the heist starts, the action kicks in, and the surprisingly believable and interesting technical, science-y bits come into play, the book hits its stride and shows off Weir's strengths. It ends on a high note, so much so that I initially rated it 3.5 because I was left with such a good taste in my mouth. In hindsight, reflecting on the book as a whole, it's really not that good. I've read that Weir realizes that characterization isn't his greatest strength and that he'd rather focus on the story, which is fine! If the story is engaging enough, it can absolutely balance the lack of strong character work. Why, then, does Weir try so hard to make the protagonist, Jazz, seem clever, and oh-so-cool, and brilliant, but too badass to care about living up to her obviously enormous potential, and oh yeah, she has a lot of sex, too, and she's super hot, but she just likes to chill because she's just one of the guys, your typical, relatable dudebro. But also she's a girl. How do we know she's a girl? Because she says so. A lot. “I giggled like a little girl. Hey, I’m a girl, so I’m allowed.” All of the secondary characters are indistinguishable from one another except for the various races, nationalities, sexual identities, genders that they're assigned by Weir. None of these traits are ever actually evident in how the characters are portrayed, it just feels like Weir thought it would be good to have a diverse cast. Does it count as representation just because we're told that so-and-so is gay, or Irish, or Muslim? I'm not sure. Anyway, once all of the characterization yadda yadda yadda is out of the way, the story itself ends up being exciting and a lot of fun. There's a ton of welding which, um, gets old eventually, but mostly the technical detail is interesting and contributes to the overall enjoyment level. The setting (a moon colony) is also pretty cool and Weir does a good job of making it feel real. There's tension and action and science in this science fiction. Unfortunately it's burdened down by the author himself exposing his very apparent weaknesses. Posted in Mr. Philip's Library

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    In space, no-one can hear you yawn… I try to include plot summaries at the top of my reviews for context but I can’t do it for Fartemis - every time I think about this trash my mind collapses out of exhausted, frustrated, sheer boredom! The protagonist is a smuggler called Jazz Bashara. It’s set on the moon city of Fartemis. There’s a laughable half-assed “heist” plot. Oh, and I fucking haaaated reading it! AARRGH, GET IT AWAY FROM MEEEE! To be fair, I didn’t like Andy Weir’s last novel, The Marti In space, no-one can hear you yawn… I try to include plot summaries at the top of my reviews for context but I can’t do it for Fartemis - every time I think about this trash my mind collapses out of exhausted, frustrated, sheer boredom! The protagonist is a smuggler called Jazz Bashara. It’s set on the moon city of Fartemis. There’s a laughable half-assed “heist” plot. Oh, and I fucking haaaated reading it! AARRGH, GET IT AWAY FROM MEEEE! To be fair, I didn’t like Andy Weir’s last novel, The Martian, so I probably should’ve known better. But I wanted to give this writer another shot to try and see what everyone else does – mebbe now he somehow got good? NOPE. This is one author I’ll never read again! Jazz is a Muslim for diversity reasons only. Because she doesn’t act or talk like a Muslim woman nor does her religion or ethnicity play any part in the story. Same for Fartemis being run by South Africa – no reason why, just diversity! It feels all the more contrived given that the culture feels American and all the calculatingly diverse characters talk like Americans. And let’s talk about the cheeseball dialogue because Jazz’s voice is SO ANNOYING. It’s an amalgam of conflicting nonsense. Jazz is supposedly a 26 year old woman who for some reason talks like a 14 year old boy cracking forced cringey middle-aged dad jokes – coincidentally like 45 year old Andy Weir! She’s the least convincing female character I’ve read in some time. At no point was I at all interested in the convoluted “heist” plot. Sabotage this thing, work for this gangster, fight this gangster, double-cross, yawn, oh god, why won’t this book end… The story unfolds predictably with the usual eye-rolling cliffhangers you find in junky books like this. There are interstitial (FILLER!) chapters featuring Jazz’s pen pal which were totally irrelevant. And, like in The Martian, there are far too many overly technical passages full of (probably) real science that was immensely dull to read – this is a novel, not an engineering manual, Andy! The laughable “action” at the end revolves around welding, which is as tedious as it sounds. In fact, it reads like a novel written by the book’s autistic character, Svoboda! I’ll give Weir that basing the currency around weight and some of the world-building is clever but I can’t say I enjoyed reading any aspect of this at any time so it easily earned the lowest rating possible. Fartemis is the complete package – of shit: a trashy YA novel full of uninteresting characters, an unexciting, forgettable plot, bad dialogue and an annoying lead all bundled up in pedantic sci-fi. Readers who enjoyed shite like Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter, Ernest Cline’s Armada, and Pierce Brownpants’ Red Rising will probably dig this but otherwise I’d recommend Fartemis to no-one, anywhere, ever!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Original rating at 4 stars yet weeks after reading this I still keep thinking about the originality of this epic plot. I think it is only fair to award this the full 5 stars. I think this was even better than The Martian! Jazz Bashara resides in and adores her moon-colony-home, Artemis. She is one independent lady and clever individual, who uses these skills to alleviate her position. She is also a criminal, who isn't afraid to bend the laws that govern her world to her own monetary advantage. But Original rating at 4 stars yet weeks after reading this I still keep thinking about the originality of this epic plot. I think it is only fair to award this the full 5 stars. I think this was even better than The Martian! Jazz Bashara resides in and adores her moon-colony-home, Artemis. She is one independent lady and clever individual, who uses these skills to alleviate her position. She is also a criminal, who isn't afraid to bend the laws that govern her world to her own monetary advantage. But not even she could foresee the chaos and destruction that would ensue after she was tempted by her latest money-making escapade. With potential gang-infiltration threatening to disrupt the tranquillity of her home, Jazz's get-quick-rich plans are overturned, and she must sacrifice everything if she ever hopes to return her home to its former idyllic glory. Jazz is such an intriguing anti-hero. Just like Mark Watney, it was her sassy and sarcastic self that made the entire reading experience for me. Character creation is truly Weir's forte and I was kept captivated throughout by this flawed yet lovable protagonist. This could very easily have been overwhelmed by the political and scientific explanations that dominated throughout. It was, again, Jazz's dialogue that lightened the tone and alleviated the dense surrounding descriptions. These two elements worked together to make this a fast-pace and action-packed sci-fi, yet also a believable and authentic-feeling narrative.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Dangerous Place to Live....the Moon.Andy Weir, one of my favorite authors, serves up another winner with his new sci-fi thriller ARTEMIS....and Jazz Bashara is the spirited and defiant main attraction.Jasmine/Jazz is basically a good person, has a smart mouth, works as a lowly Porter, and drives around in a cart she named Trigger. AND.... despite her sideline of smuggling AND superior IQ, she still lives in a room the size of a coffin....literally....and wants out!SO.... with an offer she can't Dangerous Place to Live....the Moon.Andy Weir, one of my favorite authors, serves up another winner with his new sci-fi thriller ARTEMIS....and Jazz Bashara is the spirited and defiant main attraction.Jasmine/Jazz is basically a good person, has a smart mouth, works as a lowly Porter, and drives around in a cart she named Trigger. AND.... despite her sideline of smuggling AND superior IQ, she still lives in a room the size of a coffin....literally....and wants out!SO.... with an offer she can't refuse to finally make some REALLY big bucks, Jazz plots a course to accomplish her most difficult and dangerous of illegal activities that threaten not only her life, but risk exile to her homeland of Saudi Arabia.ARTEMIS is a super fun read with some intense moments, is just a little techie, and unlike THE MARTIAN, has more of a young adult feel to it, BUT....no problem....there's sabotage, murder and revenge....plus a side story going on via email to Earth....all wrapped up in a highly entertaining narrative depicting the extreme dangers of living on the Moon.AND..... last but not least.....we have the finale when Jazz meets up with the ultimate of disasters with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide....unless she can hold her breath.Many thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)

    Artemis is currently super cheap to buy!! 30% off at Book Depository (with free international shipping) 40% off at Amazon US and 30% off at Amazon UK This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books 4.5/5 A heist on the moon. A heist. On THE MOON. A HEIST ON THE MOON. A few years ago I read The Martian because my sister forcefully said I had to. So I picked it up, not knowing much about the premise apart from "dude gets stuck on Mars." I was expecting it to be dark and intense. So imagin Artemis is currently super cheap to buy!! 30% off at Book Depository (with free international shipping) 40% off at Amazon US and 30% off at Amazon UK This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books 4.5/5 A heist on the moon. A heist. On THE MOON. A HEIST ON THE MOON. A few years ago I read The Martian because my sister forcefully said I had to. So I picked it up, not knowing much about the premise apart from "dude gets stuck on Mars." I was expecting it to be dark and intense. So imagine my surprise when it was, yes, intense, but also a massive sass fest with laugh out loud passages. So, how can you possibly recreate that magic in The Martian? Answer: with Artemis. Artemis isn't as funny (though it's still pretty damn funny), but dear god is it intense. The world building of Artemis — the only city on the moon — was crystal clear and thought out so well. I had no trouble following along with locations and the science-y explanations (well, some of the science-y explanations, but it was laid out that if you didn't understand it, it wouldn't take away from the plot). With every heist story, you need a great cast of characters to pull it off, and we certainly got that. They worked well together (albeit, reluctantly) and all had a clear role to play to complete the job. Leading the story is Jazz. Jazz is a dick. She's an awful, selfish, petty smuggler and I love her. She isn't a good person, but she has a good heart. Her motives are sketchy, but she has morals — even when partaking in illegal activities. Even better than Jazz is Jazz's father. Such a nice, kind, welder. I want an entire story about him. Please? I knew I loved this book when one of the characters calls out another for saying Captain Kirk is a sex crazed womanizer (because he totally wasn't and was actually pretty progressive and feminist for a TV show made in the 1960s). Honestly, this book was so fun.  It was so addictive that I prioritized reading Artemis over drinking coffee (I'm okay, I promise!) Artemis is out in the wild, growing on bookshelves at a store near you! Why not take a trip to the moon? Thanks so much to Ebury Publishing for providing a review copy through Netgalley! Book Links: Book Depository | Amazon US | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK

  25. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    Attack of the Moon Woman Who Made Bad Life Decisions. 2.5 Stars. Jazz has lived on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, for two decades. To make ends meet, she smuggles contraband to those willing to pay. One day, a rich client has an intriguing request. He needs her help to sabotage Artemis's sole aluminum company so that he can enter the aluminum business. This is far beyond any criminal act that she's performed before, but he makes her an offer she can't refuse: one million slugs (A Attack of the Moon Woman Who Made Bad Life Decisions. 2.5 Stars. Jazz has lived on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, for two decades. To make ends meet, she smuggles contraband to those willing to pay. One day, a rich client has an intriguing request. He needs her help to sabotage Artemis's sole aluminum company so that he can enter the aluminum business. This is far beyond any criminal act that she's performed before, but he makes her an offer she can't refuse: one million slugs (Artemisian money). Four days later, Jazz's life is in danger and she's on the run. Her initial suspicions were correct. This goes much deeper than gaining a controlling stake in the lucrative aluminum industry. Jazz and her father moved from Saudia Arabia to the Moon when she was six-years-old. Now she's twenty-six-years-old and in a bit of a rut. She and her father have a contentious relationship because of a mishap that happened when she was sixteen. He wanted her to be a welder like him, but she has no interest in following in his footsteps. She’s a quick learner and an intuitive problem solver but has no ambition. Everyone is constantly telling her how much untapped potential she has and she's sick of hearing it. She doesn't want to spend her life working herself to death only to live paycheck to paycheck. She wants to make money quickly and painlessly. Her goal is to earn 416,922 slugs and purchase a living space in a wealthier area. She'd at least like a private bathroom! •  I LOVED listening to Weir’s The Martian. Artemis didn't wow me as much. I think it's the difference between a person who has to work their way out of an unexpected life-and-death situation (Mark) and a person who repeatedly has to get themselves out of life-and-death situations of their own creation (Jazz). I also couldn't identify with Jazz as much as Mark. Her initial assignment is mundane and I wasn't invested in her money-making schemes or survival. Greed actually isn't her driving motivation, but we don't learn about that until much later. • Setting: The Moon city was awesome! It was interesting to learn about the methods they used to overcome the hostile environment. I also liked the parts about the society and how Earth problems transferred to the Moon. • Humor:  Jazz has a snarky rapport with her neighbors and a self-deprecating sense of humor. She may be approaching thirty, but she’s really a teenage boy at heart. Here’s Jazz describing the multi-dome city of Artemis: "The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs. What? I’m not a poet. They look like boobs.”  There are constant jokes about identity, breasts, sex, excrement, and prostitutes. By the end, I was so over the constant jabs at Jazz’s sex life. At one point, even her dad made a sex joke at her expense! (And what was the purpose of the reusable condom prototype, besides giving a Svoboda a reason to constantly inquire about her sex life? He asked about it so much that I was surprised it didn't play a part in the end.) I know there were similar critiques of the humor in The Martian, so maybe my love of stories about people trying to get back home overrode any potential annoyances. But with Watney the humor felt like a pressure-relief valve—Jazz just felt like she was trying way too hard to be edgy: "I looked like a leper. Or a hooker who gave handjobs exclusively to lepers.” and "I’d have to blow the remaining two at the same time. Please don’t quote that last sentence out of context.” She did tell one total dad-joke that made me smile though: “Don’t joke around. Not with airlock procedures.”  “Sheesh, you really suck the air out of the room, you know that?” • Science: The technical explanations were so boring to me this time around. The intricacies of welding just aren't as thrilling as potato farming! Who knew? Jazz constantly stops to explain concepts to the reader, so sometimes I felt like I was on a museum tour or reading a textbook. • The expression super-duper was used three too many times. It's a really juvenile term, so it really jolted me out of the story. • My favorite part was the relationship between Jazz and her father: "Very few people get a chance to quantify how much their father loves them. But I did. The job should have taken forty-five minutes, but Dad spent three and a half hours on it. My father loves me three 366 percent more than he loves anything else.” Aww!! I loved how much pride he had in her! This story was a slow-starter for me, but it became more of a page-turner once the stakes were raised about 1/3 of the way through.  I loved the setting and the plot reeled me in by the second half, but Jazz didn’t ring authentic to me. I think I may have enjoyed the audiobook more, especially since Rosario Dawson is the narrator. Artemis had its entertaining points, but I don't think it will necessarily be a winner for all fans of The Martian. I received this book for free from Netgalley and Crown Publishing. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's available now!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4 Out of this World Stars🌑 🌟🌟🌟🌟 It has been quite some time since I’ve read a book that did not take place on earth in contemporary times... so this book was very refreshing and a lot of fun! I really enjoyed The martian even though it was not my typical reading genre... this book had shades of The martian, but if you go into this book expecting a repeat you will be disappointed... this book had a younger vibe to it, a much different storyline, and its own cast of sarcastic sassy characters.... Ja 4 Out of this World Stars🌑 🌟🌟🌟🌟 It has been quite some time since I’ve read a book that did not take place on earth in contemporary times... so this book was very refreshing and a lot of fun! I really enjoyed The martian even though it was not my typical reading genre... this book had shades of The martian, but if you go into this book expecting a repeat you will be disappointed... this book had a younger vibe to it, a much different storyline, and its own cast of sarcastic sassy characters.... Jazz really reminded me of a heroine in a YA fantasy/science fiction/dystopian book... she was strong, independent, fears, brave, and she got herself into a lot of dangerous situations.... just like most Fantasy heroines Jazz did a lot of things without thinking them completely through... but I really liked Jazz more than most of those other heroines! She had a much better personality, she was sarcastic, Smart, and not whiny (biggest bonus)... The setting of the moon was really quite cool... I really like how the author envisioned the city on the moon, and I think he did a wonderful job of describing it... as far as the science... there were a lot of moon fax, but I did not think it was science heavy at all... The book was really more about Jazz and how in trying to better her situation she got caught up in a huge conspiracy to take over the moon! The story was told with a lot of humor... and fun banter between colorful characters... Definitely recommend and encourage you to go in with an open mind and remember this Book has its own story to tell with its own set of characters!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    Andy Weir! HOW THE HELL YOU HAVE SUCH AN EXCELLENT GRIP ON SCIENCE?!!! I really wanted to read another book by him after reading his masterpiece, The Martian. Yes! Still masterpiece even after this book. The news of a new book from him was one of the best things that could ever happen to me. Like in The Martian, Andy Weir's knowledge of science shines in this book very well. ARTEMIS, The Only City on Moon *ahem ahem* WOOOOOW!! HOW PERFECTLY BUILT IT WAS!! REALLY!! How the city runs, how the Life Andy Weir! HOW THE HELL YOU HAVE SUCH AN EXCELLENT GRIP ON SCIENCE?!!! I really wanted to read another book by him after reading his masterpiece, The Martian. Yes! Still masterpiece even after this book. The news of a new book from him was one of the best things that could ever happen to me. Like in The Martian, Andy Weir's knowledge of science shines in this book very well. ARTEMIS, The Only City on Moon *ahem ahem* WOOOOOW!! HOW PERFECTLY BUILT IT WAS!! REALLY!! How the city runs, how the Life Support center works here, how and why it has different money, how it fulfils its need of electricity etc ARE AMAZING!! This spoiler tag is deadly. Open it at your own risk. (view spoiler)[ Let me write how the entire city works. I just wanna talk about it more than the plot. The city, Artemis is divided into five dome shaped towns and each one is called a Bubble. They are linked with each other through tunnels. The name of the Bubbles are: Aldrin, Conrad, Armstrong, Bean and Shepard. They are completely sealed. The ways to go to the surface of Moon are airlocks which maintain the pressure inside. Each has its own airlock. Bubbles are made of dubble-hulls of aluminium. Why not iron? Because iron can react with oxygen. Aluminium doesn't. For the oxygen supply, the city has a department of Life Support. It is located in the Armstrong bubble. It maintains the temperature, oxygen level and other stuff. Life Support gets oxygen from Sanchez Aluminum Smelter. This is a bubble located 1 kilometre away from Artemis. The Smelter has four harvester vehicles which extract Anorthite from the surface of Moon. Anorthite is a rock contains plenty of oxygen, aluminium, silicone and calcium chemically combined together. The function of Smelter is to separate them and sent them to the city. I really loved the chemistry behind its working. There are two nuclear reactors for the production of electricity. They are few hundred meters from the Smelter. Besides the city, Smelter and nuclear reactors, Moon has a Visitor Center 40 km away from Artemis. It's just a refreshment place for visitors from Earth. There is a train which connects Artemis, Visitor Center and Smelter with one another. The city uses different kind of money which is called slug and symbolically, ğ. Well, it's not actually the currency. It's just convenient to use it instead of Earth money because people here import things from Earth. 1 slug can get you 1 gram of thing from Earth. (hide spoiler)] For the laws, this city doesn't have them. There are different kind of people belonging to different cultures and religions here. Everyone lives according to way one wants. Jasmine/Jazz Bashara She is a non-practising Muslim Saudi Arabian girl. She came to Artemis when she was six. Now she is 26. She is a porter, means a delivery girl. Under the banner of this job, she smuggles contraband too. Her father is a devoted Muslim. But their relationship has issues. They don't live together. The only thing she wants now is money for a reason. She is likeable and not likeable at the same time for me. There were some places in which I didn't like her inappropriate attitude. Like, how the hell a woman can even say those things?! So my point is, her character has some weaknesses. Not very well written by him. Maybe he did this on purpose because of the fact that Artemis has no laws, no rules. Everyone lives according to their own wish. So there is nobody to judge you or tell you what's appropriate or not. Moreover, she wants to be independent and free. She doesn't want to be under her father's control. And her mother had died when she was six. OVERVIEW One day, she is being offered to do the most dangerous work for a million slug (kind of money in Artemis). No matter how much dangerous the job is, she will do it. 'Cause the money is too huge to decline. RANDOM THOUGHTS 》In some places, the use of too much profanity was really annoying for me. It felt forced rather than natural to me. There shouldn't be profanity in every matter here. It should be limited. In The Martian this fact was understandable and seems very natural but here it didn't work that good. (view spoiler)[》The plot was going amazing. It had twists and turns. But the last chapter didn't work well for me. Those who have read the book can understand what I mean. The ending was not satisfactory for me. Not a bit! (hide spoiler)] Except for this one thing, the entire book is amazing! And a must-read for the lovers of The Martian. There wasn't too much duct tape here. Instead, there was too much welding. 😅 But I didn't mind it. I loved it. If you haven't read The Martian, I would still recommend this book. The blend of amazing science with the plot here is worth reading. 23 November, 2017

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    3.5 Stars No matter what Andy Weir did for his second novel, it was a forgone conclusion that he wasn’t going to duplicate the success of The Martian. The peculiar upward trajectory of that phenomenon – from a free web serial to best-selling 99 cent ebook to exponentially bigger print bestseller to award winning blockbuster film – simply cannot be repeated. Don’t get me wrong, Artemis is going to sell a lot of books. Weir has a name now and a legion of dedicated fans who salivate over his marriage 3.5 Stars No matter what Andy Weir did for his second novel, it was a forgone conclusion that he wasn’t going to duplicate the success of The Martian. The peculiar upward trajectory of that phenomenon – from a free web serial to best-selling 99 cent ebook to exponentially bigger print bestseller to award winning blockbuster film – simply cannot be repeated. Don’t get me wrong, Artemis is going to sell a lot of books. Weir has a name now and a legion of dedicated fans who salivate over his marriage of procedural hard sci-fi and old-fashioned story tropes. It’ll sit atop the bestseller lists for a while. The movie will get made, and will probably even be a hit. With Artemis, Weir doesn’t try to regenerate the underdog survival story that resonated so deeply with The Martian’s readers and audience, instead spinning an Ocean’s Eleven-type crime caper on the moon. This decision will likely whittle his readership down considerably to those who were attracted to the detail obsessed techno-savvy, sarcastic humor and science-based suspense of his first novel, and weed out those who were primarily in it for the survival-against-all-odds emotional catharsis. Weir does something admirable in his approach to Artemis that I think bears mentioning. In the typical golden age sci-fi narrative, ingenuity and advanced problem-solving skills were the exclusive providence of the blue-blooded American straight white cis-male. While The Martian recycled that convention, it also suggested that the world was more than just America and that heroes don’t always have to be white dudes. In Artemis, Weir makes good on that suggestion by reversing the old standard: the white guys are relegated to supporting/sidekick type roles while an international, multi-ethnic cast of characters takes center stage. His new hero is an Arab woman who basically serves the same function that Mark Whatney served in The Martian – being the author’s vehicle for overcoming obstacles using acquired scientific knowledge, reasoning skills and on-your-toes thinking. Jazz Bashara, a Saudi-born but moon-raised woman, lives in the only city on the moon – the titular Artemis. She’s a small-time criminal who has a monopoly over Artemis’ smuggling trade, but manages to stay on the right side of the law by being ethical and keeping more unsavory criminal enterprises from muscling their way in. A too-good-to-pass-up deal comes her way involving the sabotage of some mining equipment, but when it goes south she finds herself having to hide from some very dangerous people and take an even bigger risk to set things right. Artemis is a “take the good with the bad” kind of experience. I’m not a fan of Weir’s sense of humor – the relentlessly sarcastic tone of the novel wore down on me as it went along, and some of the lowbrow jokes border on offensive. Interpersonal relationships and conflicts are also not among Weir’s strongest attributes, and there is much more of that here than there was in his previous novel. Weir’s writing is unsteady when trying to find an emotional center for his protagonist; he will often negate a nice dramatic beat by following with a frustratingly opaque one. However, his methodical approach to plotting is still compulsively readable – like an episode of CSI in space – so when he gets down to business there is plenty of fun to be had. Overall, Artemis is an enjoyable, if low-gravity, experience. Thanks to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for the opportunity to read this ARC.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I should have just left this one as a DNF. What a letdown.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Char

    3.5/5 stars! Jasmine Bashara is pretty much a female Mark Watney. I liked her, but she quickly got on my nerves. Luckily, the author kept things moving and I didn't have a lot of time to focus on her personality. Jazz has been living on the moon with her father since she was 6. She's a trouble maker, she likes sex and she can weld the heck out of anything. Her relationship with her father is rather strained as he is a devout Muslim and she's a smuggler. It's expensive to live in Artemis, the moon 3.5/5 stars! Jasmine Bashara is pretty much a female Mark Watney. I liked her, but she quickly got on my nerves. Luckily, the author kept things moving and I didn't have a lot of time to focus on her personality. Jazz has been living on the moon with her father since she was 6. She's a trouble maker, she likes sex and she can weld the heck out of anything. Her relationship with her father is rather strained as he is a devout Muslim and she's a smuggler. It's expensive to live in Artemis, the moon's only city, so Jazz is always looking for opportunities to make more money. She's offered a chance to pull in the haul of a lifetime and she takes it, even though it's extremely dangerous. Will she be successful? You'll have to read this and see. I loved the world building and the city of Artemis. I loved how the author created the economy of it as well as how different races from earth took over certain industries in the city. I didn't even mind how much I learned about welding. In fact, I liked that Jazz had a job that here on earth, would mostly be filled by men. What I didn't like were her constant quips and smart-ass remarks. In The Martian, I didn't mind them as much, (as I said Jazz and Mark Watney have the same sense of humor), because Watney was alone on Mars and was attempting to keep the dark away. Jazz, who has a photographic memory, by the way, didn't need this humor to get by and as such, I found it annoying at times. There were some portions where the dialogue was very clunky and also, how does the daughter of a Muslim grow up to love sex, drinking and smuggling? To me, there wasn't enough information there to explain those things. That bothered me, not enough to stop me from reading, but enough to prevent me from giving Artemis all the stars. Overall, I enjoyed this science fiction/action novel. I especially liked the character of the moon's mayor and I wouldn't mind reading more stories taking place in Artemis. I just wouldn't mind less of the quips and maybe just a little less welding. Recommended, especially for fans of science fiction and Mark Watney! *Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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