Heists on the Moon and Precious Sarcasm in a Diverse Book | Artemis by Andy Weir

A big thank you to Crown Publishing on Netgalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The featured image on top is made (not designed) by me; it is the symbol of Artemis as described in the book; it might be otherwise because my imagination is so mindblowingly accurate πŸ˜‚

Welcome to the Moon;
Heists, Sarcasm, Sabotage.
Oh, and just don’t die.


Publisher: Crown Publishing
Pages: 242
Source: Netgalley

Release Date: November 14, 2017

Synopsis:

Jazz 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 itselfβ€”and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Review:

What I liked about Artemis:

  • It feels easy to imagine something like that happening; life on the moon in protective domes, a unique ‘currency’ called slugs (which is actually SLG, but I’ll leave you to find out what it actually stands for.) Life being different from that on earth but yet so similar in the way that people are the same everywhere: Filthy rich people and tourists in one sophisticated place while poverty and worse living conditions are the share of the working class.
  • Andy Weir is a go-to author for hardcore sci-fi with a quirky main character and well-thought worldbuilding.
  • The pace picks up at about halfway, and it becomes a much faster read. At the end it boosts up to a 5-star read.
  • There is actually the presence of parents. One parent, but still. YA is, like, known for sacrificing the existence of parents. Jazz’s father might look strict and act like all fathers do, but in the end he’s just winging it himself, he makes mistakes like any of us, and he acknowledges his tolerance and pride of his daughter no matter her life choices.
  • I love how the author consulted an Arabic friend to make accurate his representation of Islam, that was considerate.
  • A highly diverse cast of characters: A Saudi Arabian and kickass female MC, gay side characters, Kenyan, Ukranian, Vietnamese and Chinese characters among others I don’t remember. I would have loved to see more diversity among the letters of LGBTQIA+ though.
  • A badass female antihero ! Jazz is a smuggler, and a hilarious sarcasm-loving one. She’s got nothing of the basic noble and self-respecting hero, but she simply does what she does best and wings it when she has no idea what to do. It is so easy to get attached to her.
  • The worldbuilding was neat and thoroughly thought through (wow, look at that assortment of words) just like it was in The Martian (but I really don’t want to compare books because every book is unique like a person.)

What I didn’t like so much:

  • At times there were several exclamation points too often, and that just made things super awkward, like listening to an immature overdramatic teen.
  • At smol intervals the writing sounded like the author was trying too hard to be funny by making everything sound like a dirty joke, and making sure you got it. But it didn’t last all throughout the book.
  • There’s an unexpected turn of events in the future here that feels somewhat unlikely: It is entirely possible that Kenya would rise to being what it is in the book in the way that was mentioned, but unlikely that it would rise alone: the stronger countries would take advantage of that and take the credit, maybe even colonizing it. There would be another space race altogether. But I can’t pretend to know economics, so maybe it’s just me !

Ratings:

Worldbuilding: 5 Stars

Characters: 4 Stars

Writing: 4 Stars

Plot: 3 Stars

Overall: 4 Stars

6 thoughts on “Heists on the Moon and Precious Sarcasm in a Diverse Book | Artemis by Andy Weir

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  1. Interesting review! I’m not a big fan of sci-fi, so will probably give this one a miss – might check out The Martian at some point tho πŸ˜›

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  2. I like the format for this review! Also, congrats on getting an ARC for this book! It sounds like a fun read. It’s hard to come by good sci-fi reads in the YA genre, so it’s good to know that there’s a good one out there, a good one written by Andy Weir, no less! I’ll have to read The Martian soon. I loved the movie, so gotta compare it to the book and see what’s up. I love that the cast of characters is really diverse and that Jazz is a sarcastic, but lovable anti-heroes. And as I always mention to some other blogger buddies, who doesn’t love a good anti-hero? Well-crafted worlds are also a must for stories like these. Glad that Weir managed to nail that bit as well. Despite those little dips in plot and writing, it seems that this was an enjoyable read overall! So happy you enjoyed it. Great review! πŸ˜€

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    1. I did feel way too proud to get an ARC for it for way too long πŸ˜‚ Thank you 😍 I hope you like The Martian ! It starts strong from the very first sentence, so I won’t worry too much πŸ˜‚ All heroes should be antiheroes of some sort ! Who wants to read about a righteous, spotless smol boring potato πŸ˜‚ I actually got into it thinking it couldn’t keep up to the expectations ignited by the Martian ! I still liked the Martian better, but it was a pleasant surprise πŸ™‚

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      1. Ah, gotta love it when a book starts and stays strong from beginning to end πŸ™‚ A bookish world filled with anti-heroes is my wish above all things LOL We’ve had more then enough Supermans. We need more Batmans!

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