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 😂
Welcome to the Moon;
Heists, Sarcasm, Sabotage.
Oh, and just don’t die.
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Release Date: November 14, 2017
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 itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
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 !
Worldbuilding: 5 Stars
Characters: 4 Stars
Writing: 4 Stars
Plot: 3 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars