Author(s): Andy Weir
Would I Recommend? No
Life on the moon sounds amazing! Well, sort of?
Artemis is the first city and establishment on the moon. While it has been there for decades it is still a work in progress. If you are not a billionaire or a tourist you are likely still struggling to get by. Which is why theft and smuggling become a full time operation for some. For this story, that description is set aside for Jazz Bashara.
Jazz has a lot of debts to pay, but she might get lucky and have them removed if she can finish a jon for an eccentric billionaire. It is going to take smarts, plannings, and stealth like maneuvers, but she should be able to do it. Right?
Honestly, if I give you any more details I basically tell you enough of the story that you can piece together what happens on your own. That wouldn’t exactly be ideal would it?
If you are expecting The Martian or Project Hail Mary then you need to stop and reconsider if this is the book you want to read. I think that a lot of the negative reviews come from the quality and content of his other books rather than taking this book in as it is.
With that being said, I still think this was a decent book. Was it my favorite? No. Did I hate myself for reading it. Also no. It’s just different.
Taking place on the moon in “Artemis” named after the Greek goddess we meet Jazz. A smuggler with a moral compass and smarts. She manages to get herself into some bargain of a lifetime that as you would expect goes south quickly. She is sassy and sarcastic which makes the dialogue interesting. As a Canadian, many of the Canadian comments and references were wonderful.
There is still a lot of science based material as you would expect from his books, but it was easier to understand and follow.
Do I think this is a good book?
It was okay
Would I have physically read the book?
Nope. I wouldn’t have made it past the first few chapters.
Would I recommend this to anyone and everyone?
No. Probably not.
The thing is that I think Andy Weir has other books that are much better that I would likely recommend first. While I don’t think it was a bad book, I just don’t think it was the best one he has written.
Ultimately this book is a space heist/undercover mission/under dog story. Add in a little diversity since her family is originally from Saudi Arabia. Sprinkle in some sarcasm and wittiness. You’ve basically summed up this book.