Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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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" -- summary from author's web page.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780525532101
0525532102
Characteristics: 432 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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mars1066
Sep 12, 2018

OK folks, take a deep breath...it's fairly common for an author with an initial blockbuster novel to not live up to expectations in a second novel. So let it be with Andy. I'm willing to cut him some slack and await his third or fourth books, at whatever what future dates. Regarding this second book, our Moon is a difficult place, and I never felt that actions and difficulties with 1/6th gravity nor the abrasive dust were well-addressed or acknowledged. I did think it was interesting that Andy had Kenya as a major space power, based on its strategic location on the equator on the eastern edge of the African continent. In reality, given the expansion of the Chinese into Africa, if there is to be a Kenyan spaceport in the future, it will probably be under Chinese management.

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Amandaroseowen01
Sep 11, 2018

Yikes. Why did he try to write from a female perspective? The constant cringe-worthy “jokes” made this almost unreadable. Kind of like reading amateur fanfic . Outside of the narration ad dialogue, however, the world he created is intriguing.

LibrarianDjaz Aug 31, 2018

A fun, quick read with more flash than substance and characters who could be a lot more fleshed out. It would make for a better movie than book.

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n_cw
Aug 30, 2018

I loved the Martian, and was really excited for this book.
I abandoned it after 40 pages. It's like he's never met a woman before. His descriptions of Kenya feel colonial and condescending. Even the science details, which I loved in the Martian, feel forced into the narrative. Some of his contrived moon problems have easy solutions, based on technology we already have.
Don't waste your time with this book.

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megoscar
Aug 22, 2018

I like this book. It was very different from The Martian, in that it was not a survival story but one of an established colony on the moon. The science was great, but I would of liked to a bit of better established and coherent plot. Never the less, this book has made it on to my list of favorites.

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rsaranha
Aug 13, 2018

I really thought that this was going to be good read. It starts off well, and, then it gets progressively dull, and, then progressively unreadable.
The plot is thin, and, the only thing that I liked was the description about the lunar base Artemis. I really wish the book was more about sci-fi rather than Jazz Bashara, which, is not really saying a lot.
I really do not understood the hype of this book, possibly, the after glow from the Martian book.
A real dissappointment from Mr.Andy Weir... I guess reading the Expanse trilogy is a better bet than this.
Two stars is being a bit generous.
Cheers,
Ronald

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KristiC_0
Aug 08, 2018

A diverse libertarian society in space. Some cool technical ideas, and varied characters - although really that's the weakest part. The diversity is clumsy and cliched, especially the gay jokes, but not too painful. It's lots of fun.

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janestream
Jul 18, 2018

Although the plot was a little formulaic, Andy Weir does a great job of blending educational tidbits about manned space travel and exploration, with an exciting storyline. The pace of the book slowed down a bit in the middle, but picked up again near the end.

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kwsmith
Jul 01, 2018

It's missing some of that amazing *Martian* magic, but *Artemis* remains a very good science fiction tale about a smart young woman working a menial job on a multi-cultural moon colony.

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EricTheMailman
Jun 25, 2018

This was just the kind of science fiction I crave.

Jazz Bashara is a 20-something resident of the moon colony, Artemis. She isn't a scientist or an engineer, no she is a smuggler. Working as a courier between the bubbles of the colony she manages to eke out a living. Which is why she brings in some contraband to supplement her income

When one of her customers, a very wealthy business man, offers her a lucrative payoff for doing a crime outside her usual realm, she takes the job.

Of course, things don't go quite as planned, there would be no story if it did.

For me, it's not the caper itself that drove me to turn the pages. It was the setting. Artemis is essentially a frontier town set on the Sea of Tranquility, 40 kilometers away from the Apollo 11 landing site. The colony survives on tourism (a visitor centre is built at Tranquility Base) and by producing oxygen and aluminum from the regolith.

There is an aspect of Weir's previous book, The Martian, here too. When things go wrong, and lots of things do, the problems need to be solved one at a time. Sometimes fixing one thing breaks another. Which was almost comical but the stakes were too high for it be so. Solving the problems required skills, knowledge and teamwork.

And ultimately the story was about people rising above their current situations.

The dialogue was smart and sassy.

Artemis proves that Andy Weir will be with us for a long time, writing adventures and inspiring people to work toward a bigger future.

http://eric-the-mailman.blogspot.com/2018/04/artemis-by-andy-weir-book-report-227.html

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dzacher
Dec 06, 2017

A small-time smuggler living in a lunar colony schemes to pay off an old debt by pulling off a challenging heist. Weir wrote The Martian

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