Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the Moon's wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city.
Publisher: New York : Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553448122
0553448129
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Wei
Characteristics: 305 pages : map ; 25 cm

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JessicaGma Dec 14, 2017

I was totally pumped for this one and it delivered. Jazz is your abrasive smart protagonist who keep trying these crazy schemes that get her in increasing amount of trouble, but then needs to pull off an insane caper to save those closest to her in Artemis. I enjoyed the book as no one takes themselves very seriously, but definitely knows their expertise, which is a delight. Definitely worth reading!

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kayanne
Dec 13, 2017

Interesting main character: has the smarts but only uses them to work out a deal or get out of trouble. Since she lives in the only city on the Moon --Artemis-- she has all the advantages and difficulties the Moon provides: 1/6th gravity, no atmosphere except in the city, etc.... She is a porter with a side of smuggling, but only slightly illegal smuggling. She tends to screw standard things up, but has several loyal or situational friends--so unexpected even to her.
The plot involves several capers (all to improve her lot) & when things go wrong she finds unexpected obstacles and structures she has to understand then use to get out of trouble.
Artemis, the city, is explored and explained through her eyes. We get to see the Apollo 11 landing site and visitor center, the tourist industry, city domes, safety features, volunteer fire department, law enforcement, innovative economics, Resource (Aluminum, oxygen and glass) extraction, transportation (space and surface) etc. The maps helped orient the city for us.
The author dedicated the book to the Astronauts who went to the moon, but orbited it while the others went to the surface. I only recognized 2 names & all of them deserve more credit--they were vital to the mission.

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

Struck it gold with The Martian, but this one falls flat, mostly due to the sheer irritation of the protagonist. She's just Mark Watney, but more crass. The sex jokes were unnecessary. Especially when they kept coming. (note: Jazz would make a snide side comment about the word "coming" there, just to give you an idea of the caliber of comedy you're facing if you read this.) The heisty stuff is okay, I suppose, but the stakes feel small. It had bursts of action and activity that I enjoyed, but none of the characters stood out particularly much other than Jazz, and she stood out for bad reasons. The mafia story felt a bit tired, and the science just kind of hung there for readers to oooh and ahhh over, rather than being incorporated in interesting ways. Also, welding. Whooo. I know it's not fair to compare one book to an author's earlier offering, but I loved Martian so much, and this one just got on my nerves more often than not.

KateHillier Dec 11, 2017

Like pretty much everyone in the universe, I loved the Martian so I was excited for this one. It took me a little bit longer to like it but I really did enjoy it by the end. Our heroine, Jazz, is a smuggler on the moon in the only city (Artemis). She has really fraught relationships with pretty much everyone in this small frontier town but finds herself offered a job that she can't refuse and she thinks will solve all her problems. You can take a wild guess about well that works for her.

What's to love about this is Jazz, her diverse city and fellow crew of characters, and the twists and turns and plots. And also the sort of redemption arc for Jazz. Gotta love it. Go read it now.

AL_LESLEY Dec 10, 2017

I wasn't expecting to like this much so a two star rating isn't a surprise to me. The story didn't appeal much and the moon information, while neat, didn't fit into the story very well. Jazz was quite unlikable until the very end and her juvenile male sense of humor did get a bit much. I don't really understand why the story was broken up by messages to her friend from the past, it didn't seem to have a purpose. And Muslim jokes and queer jokes do not a diverse book make. The last 30 pages grew on me though so they get 3 stars for sure. This book is for those who want a bumbling crime caper in space, it wasn't meant for me.

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7626dee
Dec 09, 2017

Only real critical comment is that a man should not write as a woman in the first person and a Christian especially should not try to write as a Muslim woman in the context of Science Fiction. Premise is enjoyable but the science is strangely weak for a writer who did such a great job on The Martian-there is no place on the moon base to land the vessels coming in from earth-no moonport-how could this be? Beam me up Scotty!

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LBJ
Dec 07, 2017

Enjoyed this book as much as his first one "The martian".

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reverendmike
Dec 06, 2017

I could pick apart this novel, trying to elaborate on some flaws. What's the point? I wish I could've read it, start to finish, in one sitting. Try not to compare it to "The Martian" (which I also really enjoyed). The female protagonist wasn't a perfect character (she was an imperfect human being, which contributed a lot to the structure of the story), but she was engaging. I felt like the science overshadowed the latter half of the novel somewhat, but I don't claim to understand most of the chemistry/physics/etc anyway. Don't be put off by any concerns about economics in the novel; the economics are significant for the moon environment, but not integral to enjoying Andy Weir's latest novel. Read it -- you won't regret it.

AL_TARINA Dec 04, 2017

Words cannot describe how disappointed I am. A hard left turn away from the glory that was "The Martian".

PinesandPrejudice Dec 04, 2017

This book started out well. I enjoyed the main character's voice and the premise and the whole world. I was interested in the heist and the development. Also all of the side moon science was cool. I tried really hard not to compare it to THE MARTIAN. I really did. But I couldn't help myself.

Unlike THE MARTIAN, this one was way more political than I expected it to be. It had more to do with the economics of the city than the science of how it was constructed. Also I bought it when Mark was super smart and able to survive his way on mars. But when Jazz was jumping about and solving everything, I was like, "Really?" She even says it at the end about not being a superhero, but just a smuggler. And she didn't act like smuggler with a neutral good conflict. I don't know -- I also started to get sick of her by the end of the novel. She seems too good to be true.

Finally, the book pretty much lost me when all the characters gathered in a bar and Jazz gave the "We have to save the city through nefarious means". It was so clishe I wanted to vomit. ALSO I wanted more female characters central to the novel. They mostly spent the whole time fighting each other which was fine...I guess. They were all powerful in their own way I just wanted a female scientist. Is that too much to ask?

Overall, it was fine but I think my expectations were too high.

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