Artemis by Andy Weir
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It’s not a masterpiece – to echo what Janine said of her review of “The Martian” – but it is entertaining for what it is.
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Synopsis

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

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 enough 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 small-time smuggler to 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 competing 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 no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
 
That’ll have to do.
 
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
 

About Andy Weir

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ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.
 
Published November 14, 2017 by Crown. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 17 2017

In the acknowledgements, Weir thanks six women, including his publisher and U.K. editor, “for helping me tackle the challenge of writing a female narrator”—as if women were an alien species. Even so, Jazz is given such forced lines as “I giggled like a little girl. Hey, I’m a girl, so I’m allowed.” One small step, no giant leaps.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Schaefer on Nov 13 2017

...for those into well-written science fiction, there will be literary disappointment. Artemis’ characters are cardboard, the dialogue (when there is dialogue) is clichéd and wooden. The plot a reworking of American Westerns bearing homage to High Noon and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jayne on Nov 14 2017

It’s not a masterpiece – to echo what Janine said of her review of “The Martian” – but it is entertaining for what it is.

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The Maine Edge

Good
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Nov 15 2017

“Artemis” has a lot going for it. It has the same sort of zippy adventure vibe that made “The Martian” such an engaging, page-turning read. It invites the reader to consume it in big chunks, with a constant sense of the kinetic ... [n]o one straddles the line between hard and soft sci-fi quite like Andy Weir does.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Adam Roberts on Nov 15 2017

There’s no question that, commercially speaking, this novel is going to be a hit. But as a work of fiction it’s a crescent rather than a whole moon.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Nov 15 2017

Weir is well aware that he's unlikely to reproduce The Martian's incandescent success. In self-effacing interviews, he's said he's fine with people dismissing Artemis as "not as good as The Martian," as long as they enjoy the new book. That certainly seems likely...

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