Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553448122
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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janestream
Jul 18, 2018

Although the plot was a little formulaic, Andy Weir does a great job of blending educational tidbits about manned space travel and exploration, with an exciting storyline. The pace of the book slowed down a bit in the middle, but picked up again near the end.

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kwsmith
Jul 01, 2018

It's missing some of that amazing *Martian* magic, but *Artemis* remains a very good science fiction tale about a smart young woman working a menial job on a multi-cultural moon colony.

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EricTheMailman
Jun 25, 2018

This was just the kind of science fiction I crave.

Jazz Bashara is a 20-something resident of the moon colony, Artemis. She isn't a scientist or an engineer, no she is a smuggler. Working as a courier between the bubbles of the colony she manages to eke out a living. Which is why she brings in some contraband to supplement her income

When one of her customers, a very wealthy business man, offers her a lucrative payoff for doing a crime outside her usual realm, she takes the job.

Of course, things don't go quite as planned, there would be no story if it did.

For me, it's not the caper itself that drove me to turn the pages. It was the setting. Artemis is essentially a frontier town set on the Sea of Tranquility, 40 kilometers away from the Apollo 11 landing site. The colony survives on tourism (a visitor centre is built at Tranquility Base) and by producing oxygen and aluminum from the regolith.

There is an aspect of Weir's previous book, The Martian, here too. When things go wrong, and lots of things do, the problems need to be solved one at a time. Sometimes fixing one thing breaks another. Which was almost comical but the stakes were too high for it be so. Solving the problems required skills, knowledge and teamwork.

And ultimately the story was about people rising above their current situations.

The dialogue was smart and sassy.

Artemis proves that Andy Weir will be with us for a long time, writing adventures and inspiring people to work toward a bigger future.

http://eric-the-mailman.blogspot.com/2018/04/artemis-by-andy-weir-book-report-227.html

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sampanman
Jun 19, 2018

Looks like Weir was a "One-Trick Pony". The Martian was quite good. This is junk.

As another reviewer said, this reads like the diary of an obnoxious 16-year old.

I sort of skipped through it hoping it would smooth out, but very disappointed.

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zpare
Jun 16, 2018

If you liked "The Martian" you probably won't like Andy Weir's new book. There was many interesting concepts but in the end it was too slow paced for me. Even the main character was hard to like at times throughout the book.

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Spokoj
Jun 15, 2018

Very disappointing book. I read The Martian which was much better. I agree with all of the criticism posted. I gave up reading this clunky piece of writing halfway through and just went to the final chapter which left me with a ho hum. I expected more from this.

JCLIanH May 23, 2018

Andy Weir still delivers the fun science stuff that made the Martian such a fun read, but this moon colony-set heist yarn is a mess storytelling-wise. The writing is frequently cringeworthy, specifically the dialogue written for the novel's female protagonist. I know Andy Weir has met women in his life, but there are some lines in here that are painful. The scientific stuff is a ton of fun and clearly what Weir does best (with the exception of the climax where the whole story basically skids to a halt and the action turns into a dull step by step explanation of welding on the moon). These issues aside, I could see the forthcoming movie/TV series ironing out a lot of these issues and having a lot of fun with what is an inherently fun premise.

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andrewcwilliams
May 16, 2018

This book is 50% clunky exposition and 50% unrealistic portrayal of a young Arabic woman. The dialogue is often groan-inducingly catty and immature, the protagonist is snarky to the point of being boring, and for such a hard sci-fi book there is a profound lack of realism in how the characters are portrayed. Many of them seem like only slightly altered versions of the same person and there was a frustrating lack of consequences in the sometimes drastic actions they take.

I enjoyed The Martian because it made the (quite necessary) scientific explanation more accessible than many other writers. But here it's overdone to the point of absurdity. It's as though Weir took his success with The Martian and tried to replicate it as much as possible but just shoving it in a different setting, but it just doesn't work in this case.

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talk2terih
Apr 22, 2018

The pros: The science was fascinating, believable and well-explained.

The cons: Aside from the adult language and frank sexual content, this seemed like a story from the Young Adult library shelf.

It was a very quick read, and had its moments, but I won't remember a thing about it 6 months from now.

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CupertinoJay
Apr 15, 2018

in reply to jontalk's comment / prediction, from a few days ago

> this won't make it to the big screen I can assure you.

you may be right, but there are top rank moviemakers trying to make it fly.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6857180
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Production Notes from IMDbPro
Status: Announced
Comments: Phil Lord and Chris Miller have come on board to direct.
Updated: 26 September 2017

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dzacher
Dec 06, 2017

A small-time smuggler living in a lunar colony schemes to pay off an old debt by pulling off a challenging heist. Weir wrote The Martian

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