Title – Artemis
Author – Andy Weir
Publisher – Crown/Archetype
Genre – Science Fiction
My Rating – 4/5
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.
………. Well this is awkward.
For those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I’ve often said that The Martian by Andy Weir happens to be my favorite book. It recently did change (to A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab) but before that – Martian all the way. Understandably, I had a lot of expectations from Artemis and it sucks that it let me down.
What I liked
As always, Andy Weir is the king of the Science in the book. I’ve heard a lot of people crib about the fact that the Martian is boring because it is too technical instead of focusing on Mark Watney’s psychology but that’s one of the things I loved about the book. Aside from Watney’s sense of humor, the science is what makes the book interesting. The whole struggle for survival on Mars and the resourcefulness required for it is so gripping and it really kept me turning pages.
The same can be said for Artemis. The description of the small city of Artemis on the Moon is extremely technical and extremely interesting. For example, I love how he describes production of Oxygen as a by-product of the production of Aluminium. While I understand that might not interest everyone, it does interest me.
Secondly, the plot is actually TERRIFIC. I mean it – ITS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. There’s so much more to it than just survival on Moon. There are plot twists and quirky characters and malicious plan-making. So where did it go wrong?
What I disliked
Jazz Bashara. I could not relate to the protagonist one bit. In some books an unlikeable protagonist is endearing, but in this one she’s just plain annoying. She’s irresponsible, annoying and some comments almost seemed borderline creepy.
Jazz’s character was slightly made up for by a secondary character – the goofy Ukrainian scientist Svoboda but had it not been for him (and keep in mind he’s barely there), I don’t think I would’ve made it through the book.
And that’s all for today! Hope you have a great day! Until next time