Artemis - Andy Weir

Artemis

By Andy Weir

  • Release Date: 2017-11-14
  • Genre: Adventure
4 Score: 4 (From 1,491 Ratings)

Description

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
 
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
 
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
 
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
 
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
 
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
 
That’ll have to do.
 
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.

Reviews

  • Wow. Not good.

    1
    By Lance9999999
    I would recommend fans of The Martian to stay away. This is not a good book and feels like it’s written for a movie more than anything.
  • Good Book with Some General Flaws

    4
    By KeroseneMainframe
    This book has the same feel of The Martian, but seems to go past Andy Weir’s original novel by incorporating more detail in Artemis. This book is great, and for the $3 I got it at I can definitely say it’s worth it. Aside from price, there are a few general flaws with Weir’s writing. In instances it sounds overwhelmingly emotional, with heavy action scenes a good chunk of it too. If these two principles were balanced throughout the book I would think there was nothing else to say. This is a great book, and is by far worth the price.
  • Loved it

    5
    By z-griggs
    If you loved The Martian then you can expect this to be a hit. The level of technical detail in his writing is what brings me back. And what’s not to love about a story based in a futuristic moon colony?
  • Flawed but enjoyable

    4
    By Addi~
    Stronger writing than Weir’s first outing in The Martian, with impeccable speculative science fiction. But he’s still an enthusiast more than a novelist, and this book should be regarded primarily as a (worthwhile, excellent) piece of well structured science communication for anyone interested in the practical nuts & bolts realities of lunar colonies. Did you ever wish 2001: A Space Odyssey had spent even more time on worldbuilding its depiction of routinized space station hotels and livable gravity centrifuges? This is the book for you. The story is a lovely swashbuckling heist, with the expected Weirian knack for making airlocks-and-EVA-suits life or death drama compelling. But as with Martian, some—albeit fewer—character moments will make you wince. Don’t expect to have your breath taken away by soaring dialogue, nor your heart moved by genuine human moments evocatively rendered. The story is a vehicle for the aspects of the spec-fictional lunar colony Andy wanted to explore, and it does that ably. But he’s no Bradbury or Huxley—the human element such as it is very much serves the mechanics of the (inventive, elaborate, worthy) worldbuilding exercise, rather than the other way ‘round.
  • A little forced

    3
    By JuJuP_OTB
    There was an attempt at creating a depth of character in the protagonist but it falls just a smidge short
  • Such a thrilling read!

    5
    By SJAndersonLA
    Huge fan of Andy since the Martian days, and I was worried Artemis wouldn’t live up to its predecessor. Boy, I was so happy to find out my fears were unfounded. While the theme of space is identical to the Martian, the story is fresh and just as thrilling. I highly recommend anyone who became lost in the pages of the Martian to pick up a copy of Artemis!
  • Amazing

    5
    By Bezzina96
    Long story short, I was trying to fix my sleeping schedule n decided to read this throughout the night. Ended up reading like 1/2 or 2/3 of it in one go. And it was so goddam good. Jazz is one of my favorite characters period. And the word of Artemis is so thorough and thought out that it comes to life. I enjoyed all the characters in it, even the “bad” characters. Loved all the references too (even though some I didn’t get). Really good humor and very interesting story. Highly recommended.
  • Martian is why you’ve heard of Artemis

    1
    By Senior Interested
    I really enjoyed the book “The Martian.” I read Artemis with low expectations because Martian is a tough act to follow. Also my hope is that if my expectations are low and the book exceeds them I will enjoy the book more. Unfortunately this book didn’t even meet my lowered expectations. The only reason anyone has heard of this book is because of the success of the Martian. If this had been Mr. Weir’s first book I don’t think anyone would have ever heard of it. The ending especially felt like one of those crappy movies that had to wrap up all the loose ends in a couple minutes cause the studio ran out of money.
  • Just okay

    2
    By mitch007
    Unrelatable characters, predictable plot, forced science, and an even more forced romance tossed in as an afterthought! She’s smart because she just is! She gets the guy because she just does! The worst part for me, though, was the completely unrelated chain of emails, spread throughout the book, that could not possibly qualify as a sub-plot yet ended up having almost nothing to do with the main story either. The best thing I can say about this book is I finished it.
  • A fun ride but not a lot of depth

    3
    By bam0130
    Enjoyed it, but nothing like the depth of the Martian or competing lunar titles like Luna.

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