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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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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jontalk
Apr 13, 2018

It's a mixed bag in some ways. Similar to "The Martian" via the use of a female central character telling her story, this takes place on the Moon instead. Add to that backstory in the form of letters and emails to an Earth colleague, along with a snarky attitude which gets her in trouble, a curious story unfolds. I can see parallels between the two books where humor is concerned, but this won't make it to the big screen I can assure you. Overall its worth reading but not a book you'll add to the Top 10 :)

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nuke_diver
Apr 12, 2018

I have not read the Martian but saw the movie so decided to pass it over for this instead. I'll need to go back and read it. I thought the write was good in this book but the characters and the plot was fairly predicable and not at all a page turner. It wasn't a horrible book but it wasn't as good as what impressions I have heard of the Martian led me to think. I will need to read it before I pass judgement on Andy Weir's work but based on this book I would not rush out to read another of his

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VyshB
Apr 08, 2018

I love hard sci-fi, but this was not good. Throughout the entire book, I felt that not only was Andy Weir trying to convince us that Jazz was a woman and a Muslim, but that her character was trying to convince herself as well... Just bizarre and clunky. Most of the dialogue is cringe-inducing. The only believable character is the awkward male nerd, clueless about how to behave around women. Shame, really, because the effort put into the technical details in the story is wasted. If there's a movie adaptation (the book certainly reads like Weir has one in mind), I can't imagine it being remotely watchable.

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esheehy
Apr 04, 2018

I liked the premise of a lunar heist and had read a lot of buzz about the book so I checked it out. It reads like the diary of a snarky 16 year-old girl. Like a Nancy Drew mystery on the moon but with profanity. The constant sarcasm grows tiresome. Also more than you ever wanted to know about welding and air locks. Highly disappointing.

KevinELPL Mar 21, 2018

Fans of "The Martian" will love Andy Weir's second novel "Artemis." Better character development, corporate espionage, and spacefaring crime syndicates are stacked on top of an in-depth scientific exploration of what a moon base might actually look like. Weir has grown as a writer, and it shows. I highly recommend "Artemis."

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fred98115
Mar 20, 2018

So much promise from his first book, so little to recommend this his second volume. Pedestrian and not so original plot. A colony on the moon is under the threat of a crime syndicate controlling Artemis, but a Saudi girl and her friends foil the attempt.

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Saphiredragonfly
Mar 19, 2018

Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Always the sign of a good book.

SPPL_Katy Mar 06, 2018

It's hard not to compare Artemis to the The Martian--both have the same detail-rich, near-future space setting and casual, swear-y tone--but Artemis is nowhere near as compelling. The main character isn't likeable or even very believable, and it takes a while to get to the exciting part. If the MacGyver-esque science was your favorite part of The Martian, stick with it.

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Feb 04, 2018

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