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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 14th, 2017
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. ~ Reviewed by Lindsey Duval