Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

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Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity's first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enought to pay off a debt she's owed for a long time. So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can't say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from a small-time smuggler to a full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions -- not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can't handle, and she figures she's got the "swagger" part down. The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz's problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. Trapped between competeing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she's in way over her head. She'll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city. Jazz is not hero, but she is a very good criminal. That'll have to do.
Publisher: ©2017.
New York, NY :, Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2017].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9780553448122
0553448129
Characteristics: 305 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Summary: Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity's first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enought to pay off a debt she's owed for a long time. So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can't say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from a small-time smuggler to a full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions -- not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can't handle, and she figures she's got the "swagger" part down. The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz's problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. Trapped between competeing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she's in way over her head. She'll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city. Jazz is not hero, but she is a very good criminal. That'll have to do.

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JCLIanH May 23, 2018

Andy Weir still delivers the fun science stuff that made the Martian such a fun read, but this moon colony-set heist yarn is a mess storytelling-wise. The writing is frequently cringeworthy, specifically the dialogue written for the novel's female protagonist. I know Andy Weir has met women in his life, but there are some lines in here that are painful. The scientific stuff is a ton of fun and clearly what Weir does best (with the exception of the climax where the whole story basically skids to a halt and the action turns into a dull step by step explanation of welding on the moon). These issues aside, I could see the forthcoming movie/TV series ironing out a lot of these issues and having a lot of fun with what is an inherently fun premise.

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andrewcwilliams
May 16, 2018

This book is 50% clunky exposition and 50% unrealistic portrayal of a young Arabic woman. The dialogue is often groan-inducingly catty and immature, the protagonist is snarky to the point of being boring, and for such a hard sci-fi book there is a profound lack of realism in how the characters are portrayed. Many of them seem like only slightly altered versions of the same person and there was a frustrating lack of consequences in the sometimes drastic actions they take.

I enjoyed The Martian because it made the (quite necessary) scientific explanation more accessible than many other writers. But here it's overdone to the point of absurdity. It's as though Weir took his success with The Martian and tried to replicate it as much as possible but just shoving it in a different setting, but it just doesn't work in this case.

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talk2terih
Apr 22, 2018

The pros: The science was fascinating, believable and well-explained.

The cons: Aside from the adult language and frank sexual content, this seemed like a story from the Young Adult library shelf.

It was a very quick read, and had its moments, but I won't remember a thing about it 6 months from now.

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CupertinoJay
Apr 15, 2018

in reply to jontalk's comment / prediction, from a few days ago

> this won't make it to the big screen I can assure you.

you may be right, but there are top rank moviemakers trying to make it fly.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6857180
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Production Notes from IMDbPro
Status: Announced
Comments: Phil Lord and Chris Miller have come on board to direct.
Updated: 26 September 2017

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nuke_diver
Apr 12, 2018

I have not read the Martian but saw the movie so decided to pass it over for this instead. I'll need to go back and read it. I thought the write was good in this book but the characters and the plot was fairly predicable and not at all a page turner. It wasn't a horrible book but it wasn't as good as what impressions I have heard of the Martian led me to think. I will need to read it before I pass judgement on Andy Weir's work but based on this book I would not rush out to read another of his

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VyshB
Apr 08, 2018

I love hard sci-fi, but this was not good. Throughout the entire book, I felt that not only was Andy Weir trying to convince us that Jazz was a woman and a Muslim, but that her character was trying to convince herself as well... Just bizarre and clunky. Most of the dialogue is cringe-inducing. The only believable character is the awkward male nerd, clueless about how to behave around women. Shame, really, because the effort put into the technical details in the story is wasted. If there's a movie adaptation (the book certainly reads like Weir has one in mind), I can't imagine it being remotely watchable.

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esheehy
Apr 04, 2018

I liked the premise of a lunar heist and had read a lot of buzz about the book so I checked it out. It reads like the diary of a snarky 16 year-old girl. Like a Nancy Drew mystery on the moon but with profanity. The constant sarcasm grows tiresome. Also more than you ever wanted to know about welding and air locks. Highly disappointing.

KevinELPL Mar 21, 2018

Fans of "The Martian" will love Andy Weir's second novel "Artemis." Better character development, corporate espionage, and spacefaring crime syndicates are stacked on top of an in-depth scientific exploration of what a moon base might actually look like. Weir has grown as a writer, and it shows. I highly recommend "Artemis."

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fred98115
Mar 20, 2018

So much promise from his first book, so little to recommend this his second volume. Pedestrian and not so original plot. A colony on the moon is under the threat of a crime syndicate controlling Artemis, but a Saudi girl and her friends foil the attempt.

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Saphiredragonfly
Mar 19, 2018

Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Always the sign of a good book.

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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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