Artemis: A Novel
Andy Weir’s highly anticipated sophomore novel, Artemis, is a smart and fun page-turner. Artemis is the sole city on the moon. Jazz Bashara’s meager salary as a porter brings in just enough “slugs” for her to afford to sleep in a coffin-like room, to use shared bathrooms and showers, and to eat Gunk. For extra money, she smuggles contraband from Earth into the hands of the rich. When a client offers Jazz a million slugs in exchange for her involvement in a dangerous crime to benefit himself, Jazz accepts. The risky job uncovers a conspiracy for command over Artemis. Jazz’s knowledge and creativity may be the key to saving the entire city–that is if the enemy doesn’t kill her first. Though a far cry from perfection, this novel is witty, immersive, and thrilling.
Artemis is inundated with math and science, a trademark of Weir’s writing; the details, however, are occasionally exhausting and ultimately slow down the exciting plot. Though Weir is a master at creating distinct, memorable characters, the voice of his Saudi female protagonist is forced and awkward. Grounded in scientific realism, Weir’s city on the moon offers little unique thought and the storyline is somewhat predictable. But for anyone who delights in sheer fun, this easy, fast-paced read is great.
|Page Count||320 pages|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|