Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Thoughts: Artemis by Andy Weir

by Andy Weir
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Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780553448122
Genre: Adult Fiction | Science-Fiction
Source: Review Copy

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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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I’ve just recently become obsessed with all things about space and that is partially due to Andy Weir’s first book, The Martian, which I read back in 2015 and ended up absolutely loving. So, of course Andy’s newest book, Artemis, was one of my most anticipated I wanted to read this year. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and having just finished it, I can honestly say, I loved it just as much as The Martian!

Can I start off by saying that there are SO many fun characters in this story, including the main character, Jazz, who is a pretty awesome bad-ass. Yeah, she may be kind of a criminal, but really more of a harmless smuggler, who is actually way smarter than I feel she gives herself credit for. There’s so much to love about her; her confidence and determination, and her ability to keep calm in difficult situations are just a few. She doesn’t always make the best of decisions throughout the story, but she has a way of making things work the way she wants them to, and you have to give her that! She’s seriously pretty awesome, as are so many of the other characters in the story. Read the book so you can meet them for yourself!

As I mentioned above, I’m pretty obsessed with The Martian, (both the book and the movie), and I was super excited to see how Artemis would compare. Of course I knew the story would be completely different, but the writing was so familiar as well, the style reminded me very much of that in The Martian. And, either Andy is super smart about science, or he *really* does his homework beforehand, because he does a great job at explaining all the science-y things that I don’t have a clue about. One would think I would completely space out at these parts, but instead I find them completely fascinating. I also love that the story had me in giggles more than a few times as well as I flew through the pages. That just made me love the story even more. Basically I loved everything about this book, and I ended up reading it in just a few hours time! (That doesn’t happen very often lately, so you KNOW it had to be an enjoyable read for me.)

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Artemis! I love the book just as much as The Martian and I hope they end up making a movie for this one as well. I’m patiently waiting for my library to get the audiobook in, which is narrated by the amazing Rosario Dawson, and I totally plan to listen/read the book again as soon as possible. If you’re a fan of The Martian, do check out Artemis! I know you’ll enjoy it as well.

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