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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: [S.l.] : Crown, 2017
ISBN: 9780553448122
Branch Call Number: SCI WEIR-A
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 25 cm


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KateHillier Dec 11, 2017

Like pretty much everyone in the universe, I loved the Martian so I was excited for this one. It took me a little bit longer to like it but I really did enjoy it by the end. Our heroine, Jazz, is a smuggler on the moon in the only city (Artemis). She has really fraught relationships with pretty much everyone in this small frontier town but finds herself offered a job that she can't refuse and she thinks will solve all her problems. You can take a wild guess about well that works for her.

What's to love about this is Jazz, her diverse city and fellow crew of characters, and the twists and turns and plots. And also the sort of redemption arc for Jazz. Gotta love it. Go read it now.

AL_LESLEY Dec 10, 2017

I wasn't expecting to like this much so a two star rating isn't a surprise to me. The story didn't appeal much and the moon information, while neat, didn't fit into the story very well. Jazz was quite unlikable until the very end and her juvenile male sense of humor did get a bit much. I don't really understand why the story was broken up by messages to her friend from the past, it didn't seem to have a purpose. And Muslim jokes and queer jokes do not a diverse book make. The last 30 pages grew on me though so they get 3 stars for sure. This book is for those who want a bumbling crime caper in space, it wasn't meant for me.

Dec 09, 2017

Only real critical comment is that a man should not write as a woman in the first person and a Christian especially should not try to write as a Muslim woman in the context of Science Fiction. Premise is enjoyable but the science is strangely weak for a writer who did such a great job on The Martian-there is no place on the moon base to land the vessels coming in from earth-no moonport-how could this be? Beam me up Scotty!

Dec 07, 2017

Enjoyed this book as much as his first one "The martian".

Dec 06, 2017

I could pick apart this novel, trying to elaborate on some flaws. What's the point? I wish I could've read it, start to finish, in one sitting. Try not to compare it to "The Martian" (which I also really enjoyed). The female protagonist wasn't a perfect character (she was an imperfect human being, which contributed a lot to the structure of the story), but she was engaging. I felt like the science overshadowed the latter half of the novel somewhat, but I don't claim to understand most of the chemistry/physics/etc anyway. Don't be put off by any concerns about economics in the novel; the economics are significant for the moon environment, but not integral to enjoying Andy Weir's latest novel. Read it -- you won't regret it.

AL_TARINA Dec 04, 2017

Words cannot describe how disappointed I am. A hard left turn away from the glory that was "The Martian".

PinesandPrejudice Dec 04, 2017

This book started out well. I enjoyed the main character's voice and the premise and the whole world. I was interested in the heist and the development. Also all of the side moon science was cool. I tried really hard not to compare it to THE MARTIAN. I really did. But I couldn't help myself.

Unlike THE MARTIAN, this one was way more political than I expected it to be. It had more to do with the economics of the city than the science of how it was constructed. Also I bought it when Mark was super smart and able to survive his way on mars. But when Jazz was jumping about and solving everything, I was like, "Really?" She even says it at the end about not being a superhero, but just a smuggler. And she didn't act like smuggler with a neutral good conflict. I don't know -- I also started to get sick of her by the end of the novel. She seems too good to be true.

Finally, the book pretty much lost me when all the characters gathered in a bar and Jazz gave the "We have to save the city through nefarious means". It was so clishe I wanted to vomit. ALSO I wanted more female characters central to the novel. They mostly spent the whole time fighting each other which was fine...I guess. They were all powerful in their own way I just wanted a female scientist. Is that too much to ask?

Overall, it was fine but I think my expectations were too high.

Nov 30, 2017

I find Weir to be a clever and witty writer. His technical knowledge is also very impressive, and gives creditability to his stories; however I find my attention span waning when he gets too deep into the technical explanations. Some of the tech-talk is important to understand the world, and how people exist living on the moon ... but a lot of it seems unnecessary, and like it's been added just to make a point. I skim/scan read those parts. Artemis is a good mystery, with satisfying characters and interesting world building ... but there's nothing extraordinary about it.

Nov 28, 2017

Not bad but not great. I found the main character to be unlikeable and couldn't relate. And although she was written to be a woman, she behaved just like a man, so this was mostly a matter of switching pronouns.

Nov 26, 2017

Good, not great, but an ok mystery set on the moon. SciFi because of the setting and the challenges that the setting presents. A not too bad mystery with a feisty protagonist.

It's not The Martian but it's not bad either

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