I stumbled on Artemis when searching for reading material for my Kindle. As is so often the case, I had purchased and borrowed a number of non-fiction books but found that my appetite did not match my ability to read “serious” books; particularly when busy and stressed.
I was able to grab Artemis for three bucks and decided to dive in. I had heard of the movie, The Martian, but not read the book. Oh, well.
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.
What I liked:
- The world building and conceptualization of life on the moon; the politics, the economics, the culture, etc. It was entertaining to think about how this might all work.
- And the characters were interesting as well. Jazz and her father, her friends, coworkers, and various Artemis leaders were plausible and brought something to what is essentially a heist plot.
Not so much:
- Weir had a tendency to get into the technical details of things like welding and engineering a bit much; slowed the plot down at times.
- Jazz and other character’s snarky attitude and general immaturity seemed a bit over-the-top after a while. The one liners and sophomoric humor starts out OK but just gets old at some point. Could be this is just not my style.
All in all, it served its purpose in that it kept me entertained while not requiring much deep thought on my part. But I have to say it didn’t make me want to run out and buy The Martian.