Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself--and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first" -- summary from author's web page.
Publisher: New York : Random House Inc 2017
ISBN: 9780553448122
0553448129
Branch Call Number: Science Fiction F Wei

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johnnybookreader
Jan 17, 2018

Somewhere between one star and two, just not two whole stars. First off, I am a huge space fan having grown up with Projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, so welcome "hard" sf with open arms. I'm also familiar with Andy Weir's work and loved both the book and the movie adaptation of "The Martian". It's kind of tough to say I was let down by his sophomore {sappho-more?) effort but there it is. Weir shows a lack of character development and scene enlargement by hiding his inability by the clever use of procedural analysis, i.e: when in doubt, describe the difficulties of welding in a vacuum! He sure beat that horse to the ragged edge. "Jazzy" was not exactly sympathetic either, I guess I just have problems with underhanded connivers of either sex and Weir's depiction of a "strong woman" is not convincing, Jazzy comes off more as a puerile teenage boy fantasy than anything else, maybe he should get some of those women's lessons that Svoboda is so in need of? He certainly has the money to pay the tuition.

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NedSu
Jan 16, 2018

Although I usually am not a fan of male authors writing from a female perspective, this novel worked for me. I don't know that Jazz speaks from a female perspective, my willingness to suspend disbelief allowed me to move on. Jazz harkens back to Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars;, it would not surprise me if this was an homage to that work.

The setting seems to be a logical extrapolation of the world today, and I liked Weir's style of explain the science as he moves the plot forward. I found myself laughing at the persistent dialogue of teenage boys, even when spoken by females.

This is a fast paced science fiction thriller which compiled me to read it as fast as I could. Weir has grown as a writer, although this work may appeal more to YA audiences than those elitists who may be slumming from their usual literature reading because of the popularity of Weir's first book.

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doughively
Jan 13, 2018

My favorite part was when Jazz welded for two chapters.

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DEWLine
Jan 10, 2018

Do NOT compare this to _The Martian_. It's a good read on its own recognizance.

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excaliburrom
Jan 08, 2018

Really didn't enjoy this one at all. Characters fell flat. Setting was kind of boring.

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dupree905
Jan 08, 2018

A much different book by Weir after The Martian, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders with this follow up book.

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tjdickey
Jan 04, 2018

A fun and quick read, delivering some technical sophistication, fun characters (without much development), moments of madcap action, and a good heist/caper at the heart. Perhaps Weir does not deliver up to the hype this time, but then again perhaps the hype was inflated by his debut success.

AL_SIDDRA Dec 21, 2017

Nothing like "The Martian" but I still enjoyed it. It's fast paced and action packed. I liked that it had a witty female lead who ultimately tries to do the right thing.

AL_JOSHUAS Dec 20, 2017

SPACE HEIST! Artemis is a fun quick read with a lot of the elements that I loved about the Martian. Jazz our lead character is smart, witty, and sarcastic (sound like anyone else we know). Just like the Martian, Weir does an amazing job of blending story and real science in a way that is super interesting. Overall I enjoyed the book, but it has some dialog that is a little cringe-worthy and the ending was just a touch too neatly wrapped up for my taste. A fun read if you enjoyed the martian, or you want a fun space heist.

KungFuAndrew Dec 20, 2017

I didn’t care for it. It takes place on the first moon city that is a tourist attraction for wealthy earth folks. 26 year old Jazz is a porter (and smuggler) in the city and gets caught up in a murder and action-packed adventures for control of the city. I thought the Jazz character was too similar to Mark Watney from The Martian except in a female form – smart talking and handy with tools. The plot was passable but was dragged down with long winded passages about welding, chemical reactions, and other such scientific mumbo-jumbo that Weir could stick in there, plus the smart-ass comments from Jazz & other got old . Duct Tape is used, and there is lots of welding… lots. Call it a sophomore slump (Similar to how I felt about Ernest Clines’ second book – Armada).

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