Artemis by Andy Weir is a science fiction book taking place in a tourist colony on the moon. This is the second book by Mr. Weir, the first one was also in the science fiction genre.
- 320 pages
- Publisher: Crown
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553448129
- ISBN-13: 978-05534481
I was looking forward to Andy Weir’s second book since reading The Marian, a wonderful novel where the hero is science. When I had a change to read the first chapter of Artemis I did so the first day and new, almost instantly, that I’d like to read the whole book.
Much like the previous book, this novel takes full advantage of geek culture, and border-line infantile jokes (both of which I enjoyed). But don’t let this dismay you, the science in this book is absolutely fascinating and ranges from overall theories to nuts and bolts (literally, there are whole pages on how valves and welding work in space).
The novel is entertaining, fun and fascinating but I thought the author was trying to do too much which let the suspense get away from me.
What do I mean?
Much of the story revolves around some sort of a fascinating heist, full of scientific knowledge, which has to take place in the harsh conditions of outer space and the moon’s landscape. But somewhere towards the end, the story changes from a simple heist-gone-wrong to a full fledge catastrophe which, ironically enough, takes away the suspense because you know it’s all going to end up well.
The reason we were all rooting for astronaut Mark Watney in The Marian is because he could have died in any moment and that would not have ruined the book or destroyed civilization. Actually Mr. Watney’s death would have no consequences whatsoever with the exception of a deep feeling of sadness for those of us who could not put the book down – now that’s suspense.
Artemis is still a good read though and I’m anxiously waiting for more books from this author. It’s about time we make science a successful hero in America and the world.
Jasmine Bashara, Jazz, is a 26 year old who lived most of her life in a tourist colony on the moon. Jazz is part of the working class that makes the colony run, she works as a porter but has a side business smuggling in goods.
And Jazz is also a genius with a photographic memory. She is hired to pull off a perfect crime with a very rich reward which will set her up on the moon with such luxuries as a bedroom and a private bathroom – but everything goes wrong.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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