Do you guy remember Andy Weir, the guy who wrote The Martian? Which, by the way, was originally a self-published novel?! Artemis is Andy Weir’s newest novel, and it is a book that I’ve aspired to read in 2018. I enjoyed this book, and I am excited to share my review with you guys.
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.
What I Liked
- Jazz is a very badass woman. She is confident, smart and quick on her feet. She relies on herself and she works alone. Her character develops throughout the novel: She learns to trust her friends, and her relationship with her estranged father also grows.
- The world-building is simply AMAZING. This novel is VERY thoroughly researched. It seems like the author has figured out the science and technology behind life on the Moon, and made it seem so believably real.
- Love the diversity. Jazz is originally from Saudi Arabia and comes from a Muslim family. It is cool that there are pockets of Artemis where people of different cultures congregate, similar to neighbourhoods in real life.
- Plot points are intricately interwoven with sharp twists and turns that keep you guessing.
- Awesome audiobook performance.
What I Didn’t Like
- There are many secondary characters who I don’t care much about. They just aren’t as cool as Jazz, and they don’t have much personality.
- There is a LOT of scientific jargon. It’s good in that this is a highly scientific novel, and the technical details made it feel more realistic. However, sometimes I was just lost…
- Because of the above, it was hard for me to get into the novel until halfway through.
- Sometimes the dialogue lines made me cringe :’)
The Bottom Line: 3.5/5 stars
Artemis is a fast-paced and action-packed book with a strong female MC. You’ll love this novel if you are a fan of The Martian!