Synopsis and Details:
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.
Genres: Science Fiction | Release Date: November 14, 2017 | Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY) | Pages: 384 | ISBN: 978-0553448122 | ASIN: B06Y55SB48 | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
At first blush I was geeking out while reading Artemis. The attention paid to the details of the colony on the moon was fascinating. I could absolutely see the setting as it was meant to be. I loved the start of this book. Then when I read more about Jazz Bashara and her shenanigans I was definitely not that enthused about continuing to read Artemis at that point.
I liked that Jazz’s father was a welder and that she was quite talented in that aspect. It gave credibility to all her talk of specifications and manufacturing aspects that takes place throughout the story. I have no background in anything engineering but I felt that the description of the development of Artemis and daily life that took place was realistic. That kept me highly motivated to keep reading.
Jazz’s character was quite immature, obnoxious, and yet quite gifted. Perfect stereotype of brilliant delinquent who could have done great things if only she applied herself. Her get rich quick scheme did not have the intended outcome and she quickly found herself on the run. It was around the fifty percent mark where the book really picked up for me and I started to slightly enjoy Jazz’s character.
Now, as the story went on Jazz started to grow on me. Even though she got herself in a terrible situation I enjoyed that it was not limited to just what she involved herself with. There was a political aspect integrated into the plot that did not show itself until much later in the story when all the pieces started coming together. Loved that as well as the “we take care of our own” vibe that came through.
I will say that by the end of the story I was liking Jazz quite a bit. I think for me once I realized her motivation for why she needed money so badly my heart melted for this character. That and the fact that she really is quite the anti-hero, I can get behind that for sure as well as the supporting characters in this story. They are all quite interesting and add a lot of humor but they are also one dimensional. I really wanted to know more about them rather than a one sentence explanation for their motivation in relationship to Jazz.
By the time I finished reading Artemis, I was glad that I took the time to read it. There were parts that I really liked, the plot, life on the moon, but there were also parts that I didn’t really enjoy but managed to find the silver lining, Jazz Bashara. It was a real mix of enjoyment and eye-rolling. Overall, I can’t say that Artemis is a book that I would highly recommend but I would not discourage you from giving it a try either.
*Thank you to Netgalley & Crown Publishing for this eARC of Artemis*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.