UGH. I had high hopes for Artemis (um, who didn’t love The Martian?). Unfortunately, this one just didn’t measure up. At all.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Published by Crown Publishing Group (NY) on November 14th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Crown Publishing
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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.
I received this book for free from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
an unlovable criminal, more physics than you’ll care to know, and an impossible heist on the moon
What I liked about Artemis:
1. That it took place on the moon. The city of Artemis is actually quite cool, and as the book began in this sci-fi world, I had really high hopes! Now if only there had been a lot more neat-o details about this place and a lot less of the following…
What went wrong:
1. Jazz. I heard a lot of complaints about our main character because of her sarcasm. People said it was overdone and took everything we loved in The Martian and turned the volume up waaaay too high. While this was true, it didn’t bother me as much. Instead, I hated that she was such a shitty person. She was a criminal (I mean, you know this reading the blurb for the book), but I mean, she was not a good criminal . I thought there was going to be something redeeming about her (you know, like Robin Hood?), but there really wasn’t. I’m supposed to be rooting for her, but instead, I keep hoping she’ll get what she deserves.
2. The welding (and other physics stuff). HO-LY-CRAP. Too much. TOO MUCH. I think a good third of this book could be eliminated if we just trashed the physics minutiae. I don’t care what the pressure of this room is going to be in order for this vent to do this or what the temperature needs to be in order for some compound to form. A little bit of detail is good, because it helps with believability, right? This was over done. The last half of the book ended up being skim-central for me.
3. The PLOT. The whole plot hinged on a ridiculously implausible plan of action. View Spoiler »They need to take down this aluminum manufacturing place because it’s run by a bunch of thugs. The leader of Artemis is all on-board for someone else to take over the Artemis aluminum industry for this reason. What I didn’t understand was WHY SHE DIDN’T JUST SHUT THEM DOWN. Why do they have to crazy shit for this to happen? I mean, maybe I missed this big plot hole explanation when I was skimming (see point #2)…? « Hide Spoiler And not to mention, the point is really just to further the wealth of a insanely wealthy person so…. hard to really feel excited about the outcome.
4. The forced diversity. It felt like Weir thought, “how can I cram as much diversity into this book as possible?” It was not well done. At all.
5. I hate heist books, and this, sadly, turned into a heist on the moon.
6. The writing was sloppy AF.
I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you a) like sci-fi, b) like heist plots, and c) like physics.