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Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakened #1)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  310 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Artemis Awakening is the start of a new series by New York Times bestseller Jane Lindskold. The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Tor Books
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Cass: So where should we start? The Good, The Bad, or the What the Fuck?!

Marlene: I think the WTF comes at the end.

Good first, then bad, then OMGWTF.

Cass: Alright then, onwards to the awesome! Artemis Awakening has some spectacular world-building. I loved the entire concept of a pleasure resort planet (which, let’s face it, rich folk would totally build), and the amount of work they put into making it the best vacation ever. Can’t have
...All things considered, Artemis Awakening is not an unpleasant read. Just a very straightforward one. The plot is well put together but somewhat predictable. The observant reader will see the hook for book two coming quite some time before the climax of the book. It is the kind of cozy science fiction that will not really challenge the more experienced read and as such, I thought it was only mildly entertaining. I might be convinced to read the second volume but I doubt it will leap to the top ...more
In some ways, "Artemis Awakening" is reminiscent of Andre Norton's post apocalyptic science fiction adventure novels that take place on an Earth like planet, which was once home to advanced forerunner technology, but now is home to the leftover human survivors, who are making do in a less advanced world. In addition, Jane Lindskold, like Norton, has been able to create memorable human characters who have a bond with animals. Like her 2001 "Through Wolf Eyes", which featured a girl who could spea ...more
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Truly I would only rate this book 2 1/2 stars, in my humble opinion.

An explorer named Griffin crash lands on a legendary lost planet of Artemis. Artemis was created as a pleasure and secret vacation planet for a group of people who have long since died in violent war. The planet and its inhabitants were left to live without the technology of the original creators. In the meantime, the original creator/technicians turn into legend. Griffin's ship is destroyed but with help of new found friends, h
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Artemis Awakening is an interesting start to a new series by Jane Lindskold. I love the premise. The Empire created Artemis as a pleasure planet. The location was know to only a few and when the Empire went to war the location was lost. Now after over 500 years one man, Griffin Dane, has re-discovered the location.

Worldbuilding: Lindskold got that right from the beginning. From the very first pages I knew that the humans and some animals were changed and that Artemis was a created world made for
Artemis Awakening delivers a suspenseful plot, complex characters, and meticulous world-building.

Griffin Dane, we discover, is an archeologist of the Indiana Jones variety: he set off for Artemis chasing the glory of rediscovering the mythic world that had been lost to intergalactic civilization for five hundred years. For him, this is the discovery of a lifetime... if he can ever get home again. His landing shuttle is a total loss, destroyed in a crash and buried in a rock slide.

For Andara the
I would give this novel a rating of 2.5 stars.

First of all, the cover art is amazing. Then, the world the author imagined is fascinating and well described. However, the plot and the writing (including those weird “poems”) are not. I do think it could be worked into a great movie but the novel as it is… Meh.
Also, I really don’t like authors who write incomplete novels so they can make a trilogy out of it, deciding even before the first one is published.

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It took me a little while to pick up this book. Partly because I already have a large stack I am/will be reading. However, I am very glad I did purchase Artemis Awakening.

I have been a Jane Linskold fan for a long time. My first exposure to her work was with Firekeeper and Blind Seer in Through A Wolf's Eyes. In Artemis Awakening, Jane has included some similarities, in that a pair of the main characters are a human (Adara) and a puma (Sand Shadow) bonded with a telepathic connection. As with th
This was a decent enough story. It's the type of Planetary Romance that would have been right at home in the 1970s and 1980s: a guy crashlands on a long-lost planet and as he enlists help from the locals to get back to his orbiting ship he becomes engaged in their lives along the way.

It's a bit lightweight, which is no big deal. I was annoyed by a few sudden deus ex machina moments (suddenly the space visitor and one of the scholars can communicate via dreams) but the worse issue is that about 2
May 05, 2014 Meenakshi marked it as to-read
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Post-apocalyptic scifi is what you get here with great characters and a plot that leaves room for a sequel, but still has a complete ending. Artemis has been hidden for so long, it is a mystery world; but when one historian crashes there trying to be the first to reveal it to the galaxy he’s not sure what he will find. Rescued by a gorgeous woman from the terminal loss of his shuttle in a series of landslides, they must make their way to the largest town to try to find help for him from The Old ...more
In this new series by Jane Lindskold, Artemis Awakening is the story of a pleasure planet, created centuries ago by a technologically advanced society where the inhabitants were bio engineered to help guests enjoy themselves. After a war in which this advanced society was destroyed, the planet was forgotten until a young archeologist Griffin crash lands on the planet. In his quest to find a way home, he teams up with the locals and uncovers a vast conspiracy to enslave and manipulate the locals. ...more
This is a sci-fi, dystopian book about life on Artemis, a planet specifically created for the highest levels of planetary society to relax and be served by the locals in a nature-based, non technological society. The book takes place 500 years after a war ruined most of a high tech society that traveled between planets, with a specific, small ruling class of families. Artemis, the planet, survived the fighting, and locals were left to develop their own, independent society. The book begins with ...more
Henry Lazarus
Jane Lindskold likes tales of people who bond to animals. So her tale of a rediscovered vacation planet located centuries after the empire fell hard, has Adara and her intelligent Puma. Griffin Dane has enough family money afford his own star ship and not smart enough to know that you don’t explore a strange Planet on your own. Artemis Awakening (hard from Tor) tells of his exploration of the communities surviving with low technology, but having some with genetic modifications on the planet. The ...more
Not for me ... I like sci-fi/fantasy with romance, not Romance with a sci-fi cloak.
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Centuries ago, the rulers of a vast interstellar empire created the planet Artemis. Designed as an elite, yet primitive getaway, they furnished the planet with adapted animals and humans to serve them and their pleasures. But when war broke out and tore the empire apart, knowledge of Artemis’ location was lost and the planet gradually faded into myth. To Griffin Dane, a young archeologist from a well-off family, rediscovering Artemis would be the find of a lifetime. Everything’s going according ...more
Jeffery Moulton
This book was something of a contradiction for me. It was interesting, but not gripping. It had beautiful prose but incredibly stilted, flat dialogue. It had a fascinating world but dull characters. A lot of it felt fresh but an equal amount felt worn out and tired. The result was that I had a hard time making up my mind about it.

That's not to say I didn't like it. Actually, I did... Mostly. But some things were just hard to get past. The dialogue, for instance, really bothered me. It felt way
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Michael Hirsch
A pleasant read with some pretty good world building. The worrying is kind of "young adult"in that the plot is a bit simple and the writing quite plain, but the story involves a forced breeding experiment that is somewhat unusual I'm a YA novel, so I'm not sure what the target market is for this book.

I enjoyed it and will probably read the sequels, but it wasn't entirely satisfying. And the story isn't really complete. It is clearly just the first in a series of books.
after reading this book I am on the fence of whether I thought it was great or not. I have a lot of questions but I did like the characters and the world the author created. I often get sarcastic when humans have close knit relationship with animals but the connection in this book felt believable and I have to give the author respect for that. I plan on looking for the next book when it comes out.
Jeff Raymond
Jul 31, 2014 Jeff Raymond marked it as unfinished-reads
This was marketed in a few places as a literary Avatar of sorts, which should have been a warning for me to stay away. The first 100 pages are really great, though, until it utterly halts from a narrative standpoint and loses any progress it initially had. I really couldn't believe the shift for me, and it lost my interest quite quickly. I don't know if I could go back to this, to be honest.
So, so good. This far exceeded all of my expectations. I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover and the idea of animal companions, but this book has it all: beautiful writing, believable characters, a fascinating world, and the promise of more to come. That ending was a real punch in the gut. I will be reading the next in the series, for sure. This book is the everything that makes me excited to read. This is also yet another book to add to my debt to Goodreads. Without this website, I would not hav ...more
Centuries ago the empire created a pleasure planet for its elite. When the empire fell apart, that planet was lost to all but legend. Now a young archaeologist has found it and manages to crash-land with no way of getting home to brag about his find. Instead, he must depend on the local inhabitants to help him survive. Well written. Good characters. Interesting world-making.
Brian Palmer
This put some fresh pep into old worn science fiction notions. Post-apocalyptic humanity, clawing its way back to rediscovering the miracles of their ancestors; a constructed planet that is one of the few surviving remnants from the golden age; and limited-telepathic animals -- Jane Lindskold turns this all into a refreshing new adventure, and building an enthrallingly interesting world.
I have been a huge fan of Jane Lindskold since I first stumbled upon her Firekeeper series, so I was very excited when Goodreads alerted me that she had a new series coming out. I snatched this up at the library, and I was not disappointed.

It took me a little longer to get into this one than I did her Firekeeper books; I didn't really invest in Griffin at first, and Adara is so guarded that it took me awhile to really feel like I was starting to get to know her. But about a third of the way thr
Book one.
Nanotech on the loose, mycelium connections? ai
Genetic engineering, cats with hands, possible psy effects.
Villains--quite evil, some affably, not much redeeming except likes science. Rape/breeding program.
What's a demiurge anyways? The definitions I see don't really match.
Lisa Murray
This begins as a typical outsider encounters alien/foreign world. But the power dynamics and the history tumble together in some really interesting ways. By the end of this, I'd really become enmeshed in the characters and the world. I hated to see it end.
Veronica Sanche
I enjoyed this novel as the plot is interesting and moves along nicely and all the characters are well thought out. The themes are fascinating and deal with a wide variety of topics.
I felt this book should have been classified as a young adult book. Certainly left me feeling I was reading something a 12 year would enjoy. Of course to graphic in places.
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Jane Lindskold is the author of more than twenty published novels, including the six volume Firekeeper Saga (beginning with Through Wolf’s Eyes), Child of a Rainless Year (a contemporary fantasy set in Las Vegas, New Mexico), and The Buried Pyramid (an archeological adventure fantasy set in 1880's Egypt).

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