Author: Andy Weir
Published: 14 November 2017 by Crown Publishing Group
Personal Context: NetGalley provided me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Initial Thoughts: When I saw this book on NetGalley I literally could not hit request quickly enough. I read The Martian and absolutely adored it, and so I knew I wanted to read this. Until I saw it on NetGalley, I didn’t know he had another book coming out, so I was–suffice it to say–stoked. I didn’t even need to read the synopsis, but when I did, it made me even more stoked.
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.
My Review of…
…The Plot and Pace:
The plot was beautifully original and well-developed. There was not a single portion of this book that felt slow, and I breezed through it super quickly. Filled with all of the geeky science I loved in The Martian, with a new character that I absolutely adored, I had so much fun reading this book. The immense amount of research Weir puts into his books is incredibly impressive, and my inner (and outer) nerd appreciated every second of it.
…The Characters and Relationships:
Oh. My. Jasmine. Written in the first person (just like his previous book), every bit of this story and its characters are filtered and colored through Jazz’s lens. She is human, completely, utterly, and irrevocably human. Like the synopsis says, she’s a criminal. Slightly immature, but supremely humorous, Jazz would be right at home among millennials. Absolutely brilliant, witty, sarcastic, and damaged, Jazz is, in my opinion, the single most relatable character I’ve encountered in a long time. She is a strong-willed female character that takes exactly zero shit from anyone. As is to be expected with someone in her line of work, Jazz’s relationships with others are complicated. She’s got family issues, friend issues, ex-boyfriend issues, etc. But these issues don’t define her, they enhance her. Her complicated past has made her do questionable things to survive, but they also make her the complex, three-dimensional character that she is.
…The Writing Style and Mechanics:
Andy Weir’s writing style is unlike any I’ve read. Written in the first person, Artemis and The Martian are different than most novels I’ve read, but Weir definitely does it right. Each with a voice of their own, Weir’s characters leap off of the page and their personalities shine through their words and their actions. His language develops suspense that helps drive the plot forward and engrosses the reader.
…The Message(s) and Theme(s):
Instead of breaking down the themes of this story as I normally do, I am going to let it speak for itself and let you all find your own interpretation of the story.
I requested this book the second I saw it. I loved The Martian and I couldn’t get my hands on this one fast enough. Filled with gripping suspense and a plot that is so well-researched and well-developed, it was actually realistic. Jasmine Bashara is a shining example of an anti-hero and Weir made an impeccable female character that shattered stereotypes, mangled misogyny, and revolutionized resilience. Artemis reads like a retrospective journalling of Jazz’s life-altering journey and her fight for survival and redemption. I enjoyed every second of the story, and I was so disappointed when it ended. I hope you all love it as much as I did.