A heist worthy of the stars
Artemis A Novel by Andy Weir Crown Publishing Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 14 Nov 2017
Fantastic! Artemis is an incredible piece of science fiction - exciting, clever and even funny. Jazz Bashara is an incredible lead, fast thinking, creative, and delightfully devious. When it comes to skirting the law on the moon, Jazz is one of the best even if her bank account doesn't reflect her intelligence or skill. For the most part, she smuggles in items from Earth. Between that and her porter job she is just scraping by. But a big chance comes her way - 1 million credits to sabotage the ore harvesting machinery of Artemis’s aluminum processor. Of course Jazz didn't count on the complications resulting from her efforts. On the run from a murderous cartel, Jazz has only one chance to save her skin and Artemis's future.
Andy Weir’s characters were wonderful. I absolutely loved Svoboda. He was adorably geeky and his innocent enthusiasm was a perfect match for Jazz. No matter how complex the situation becomes, Jazz is able to find a way forward. Devious as she is, Jazz isn't one to take advantage or harm others. Her word is her bond and a deal is a deal.
Andy Weir has given readers a fast paced science fiction caper with memorable characters, a thrilling plot, and a bevy of twists and turns that will keep you glued to the page. I hope that readers will have the chance to see more of Jazz in future.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Artemis from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon. 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.