Artemis (Hardcover)

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Here we have the first city on the moon, Artemis. Unfortunately, civilizations cannot run away from societal problems such as poverty and greed. Artemis, as much as it tries to keep crime out completely, has actually been structured in a way to create the same issues found on Earth regarding corporations and money, and the need to smuggle black market goods to meek (EKE) out a living. Our protagonist, Jazz, finds herself stuck with these issues herself for reasons that end up surprising and touching.

Fortunately, this is a hell of a fun read as Jazz is sarcastic, hilarious, courageous, and no-bullshit. Weir fans will strongly recognize Mark Watney from 'The Martian', as Jazz is basically Mark Watney but female this time. One could supposedly complain that his protagonists are essentially the same person, but they have such a unique and insanely strong personality while keeping jokes flowing that I'm glad that he doesn't change anything.

Jazz finds herself in deep trouble about halfway through due to her smuggling adventures leading to a heist with a potentially huge reward. Large amounts of this trouble are actually due to her own doing, and she repeatedly finds incredibly clever ways out of it, or very stupid ways out of it that work out through persistence. The narrative is full of action once trouble heats up (this book needs to become a movie) which makes it nearly impossible to put down. There are a satisfying amount of explosions, and the plot twists in ways unexpected enough that they make you wish you could pull aside the nearest stranger and exclaim, "I cannot believe what just happened!" You might as well just hand them the book when you're done as it's that good.

— Lindsey Duval


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 the Author

ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780553448122
ISBN-10: 0553448129
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
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