Author: Andy Weir
Pub Date: November 2017
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Artemis for some reason won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Science Fiction! How did that happen? I haven’t read many sci-fi books last year, but I’m sure that there must be at least one book with a way better plot and characters. Artemis is just ok, it’s not amazing, it’s not complete disaster but it’s not the best sci-fi you could read.
Artemis is a city on the moon. It’s has a fairly small, very diverse population. This diverse population of the moon like to keep together, one of the companies is owned by Brazilians – all of the people connected to this business are Brazilians. Jazz’s father is in a welding business, and so are all of moon residents from Saudi Arabia. That bothered me, completely new city that requires people with different skills to keep the whole population alive, and somehow most of the businesses are monopolized by one nationality?
Our main character Jazz is quite an unique character. A lot of reviewers mention that she is completely unbelievable female character, some strange creation of Weir’s mind of how cool girl behaves. I can give her a benefit of the doubt, we have no idea how her childhood looked like, how being risen on the moon affect people and what kind of cultural environment they have. And seriously, she can have a crude humor that borderlines some teenage boys. I didn’t mind it that much, but sometimes it just went a little too much to be believable. Also, she’s doesn’t have any female friends, she hangs out only with guys. How can she have no female friends? Luckily there are some other female characters that she interacts with, but it’s not enough.
There is a lot of science in this science-fiction book… If I was actually reading this book on paper I would absolutely hate it. Listening to the audio help with not falling asleep when all the details of welding and other stuff was described in excruciating details. I could just focus on something else on my phone, and come back to listening to the story when there was action.
I think the author went overboard with the ending, it was a bit too much to be believable. It could have ended sooner. What was also frustrating, it seems like nothing bad ever happens to Jazz. Yeah, she has some problems with her plan, but she is so special and smart that she can always figure out some amazing solution. I won’t spoil the ending, but let me just say that I think it’s so stupid. Jazz is just such a special human specimen *sarcasm*
Artemis is disappointing second book of the author that brought us The Martian. It was a failed attempt to bring us everything we loved in The Martian, but this time with female character and on the moon. But the heist storyline is not as engaging and compelling as a story of scientist abandoned on the Mars. If Weir’s next book will also be in the space, I’m predicting it’s gonna be a disaster of a book. Write something else dude!