ARC: Artemis

Andy Weir's latest book, Artemis, is a great space heist book and a great follow up to The Martian. #spon | Book review by NewberyandBeyond.com
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*Note: I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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. (Summary via Goodreads.com)

I’m one of the many people who greatly enjoyed Andy Weir’s The Martian, despite my lack of interest in sci fi. Even if you have little or no knowledge about space or science, the book tells an engaging story with interesting characters. Artemis is the same.

Jazz is a petty criminal who gets caught up in a job that’s over her head, and she has to call in every favor she can just to stay alive. She’s funny and flawed, and above all, she’s determined not to be exiled from the moon–the only real home she’s ever known. I loved Jazz’s character and her motley collection of friends (and enemies).

The best words I can use to describe the plot of Artemis are MOON HEIST. That’s not totally accurate, but that’s certainly the feel I got from the story. Again, I’m no scientist, so I have no idea if the technical details of the plot make sense, but even if they don’t, the fast-paced plot kept me engaged the whole time. Who doesn’t want to read about a moon heist?

There is a lot of swearing in this book, if that kind of thing bothers you, and Artemis has much more of a sci fi feel than The Martian did. Still, even though science fiction isn’t really my thing, I enjoyed this book. If you liked Andy Weir’s writing style in The Martian, you might like it too.

Rating: Pretty Darn Good

The Martian

I loved The Martian, and I can't wait to see the movie! | A book review by NewberyandBeyond.com
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I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. And I was not really expecting to! I love when that happens… Basically, the premise is that Mark Watney is an astronaut, one of the first to land on Mars. But his crew is forced to abandon him during a storm, and they think he’s dead, so he has to fend for himself on a hostile planet. This kind of realistic sci-fi is not usually my cup of tea, but this time I was all over it.

First of all, this book is surprisingly funny! Much of the book is told through Mark’s journal entries as he does his best to survive on Mars, and his sense of humor keeps him (and us) from despairing, even when things look bleak. Secondly, this book seems so realistic. I’m no scientist or space expert, but I could totally see these things actually happening. Fortunately, they got a real astronaut to write a blurb for the back cover, and he was pretty convinced, too.

I am so excited that The Martian is going to be a movie. Usually I hate book-to-movie adaptations, especially of books I loved, but I can’t wait to see the movie version! The viewpoint changes from Mark’s life on Mars to his fellow astronauts at the space station to the people on earth who are just realizing that Mark is still alive. It brought to mind a space version of Air Force One, and even as I was reading the book, I could totally see it as a movie.

Definitely read this book, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it. The technical talk is kept to a minimum, and the humor and high-stakes plot will keep you interested through the last page.

Rating: Re-read Worthy

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