Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir 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.

Artemis is the first of Andy Weir’s books that I’ve read so, perhaps it’s a good thing I can’t compare it to The Martian like many other people seem to have done so. Set in the future, on our Moon’s colony, the book follows Jazz’s life as she continually fails to live up to the expectations others have for her. Except she still manages to succeed?

She’s young but determined but also willing to do nearly (emphasis on nearly) anything to get the Slugs (the moon’s currency) that she’s after.

Except of course not everything goes to plan and she ends up on the run and in a tiny base where nearly everyone knows everyone that’s really hard thing to do.

It was a predictable read and an easy one at that but it was fun.

It was also very lazily written at times. The MC is a female but she is very stereotypical female and while being a Muslim she doesn’t follow her religion to the point that she doesn’t know the basics that she really should know.

I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did.


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