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Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakened #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  449 ratings  ·  89 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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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Artemis Awakening is a strange novel, one I wish I could have enjoyed a lot more. I wouldn’t say I disliked it, but neither did it hold my interest…and later on it just plain weirded me out. After mulling it over for a bit, I’ve concluded my disappointment probably stems more from feeling suckered in by its description, rather than something specific associated with the story.

First of all, the setting is Artemis, describ
This dual review was originally published at Reading Reality

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
While overall I enjoyed this story well enough, it has a number of issues.

The pacing is a bit slow and, though I understand it's the first in a series and it does tell a complete story, I felt there wasn't enough development (plot and character) to be satisfying for a whole novel. Not to say there wasn't any, but there wasn't enough for it to feel standalone, which I believe individual installments in a series ought.

But probably my biggest problem with it, aside from its trading in some very sil
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
Patrick Gibson
Here is the publishers blurb which will give you a quick synopsis:
“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 help the guests enjoy their stay…but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had "bested" the environment.
Mar 10, 2015 Chathamharrison rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chathamharrison by: Meagan
Enjoying this book means accepting certain weaknesses, foremost among them the fact that this is not a great standalone book. This was written with a series in mind, and it shows, sometimes painfully. It felt less like a 300 page book, and more like the first 1/3 of a 1000 page novel.

Don't let that dissuade you. That 1000 page novel appears, based on its first installment, to be quite good. The world-building is excellent. However, the author's decision-making regarding what to show the reader,
Kelsey Witt
Artemis Awakening tells the story of Artemis, a pleasure planet created by wealthy humans with incredible technology, seeking a vacation world where they can pretend to live "primitively". Following a catastrophic war, the knowledge of the planet is lost. Griffin Dane, an archaeologist, crash-lands on the planet, and with the help of local Adara the Huntress, seeks to find a way to return home. What they find instead, however, is much darker, and it is their job to save their community from some ...more
Peter Goodman

“Artemis Awakening,” by Jane Linskold (Tor, 2014). Excellent. And she has a long list of titles. I must read some more. Solid science fiction, but I think I can detect a woman’s touch (probably would not have noticed if it were anonymous). Anyway: Long long ago etc tremendously advanced humans built a planet (Artemis) which would appear to be completely natural although everything in it was artificial. It was designed as a pleasure planet for tourists. It was populated by humans whose DNA was al
'chris d
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
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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A science fiction adventure about accepting those who are diffeent, knowledge vs. experience, questioning tradition, the power of emotional bonds between people, and seeing people as they really are. There are betrayals, revelations, and a cursory love triange. The plot is a little simplistic – it is strange that Griffin can communicate and fit in with the local culture so easily. Griffin is not a very likeable character – he is unconsciously arrogant and wants to prove himself, and his need to ...more
Thaddeus Nowak
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
This fiction must be interesting
Katie Hamill
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but I'm not sure I think the part where it ended was entirely appropriate. I was shocked when I flipped to the next page (on my Kobo, so I had no idea I was so close to the end) only to find that the book was over. I'm going to view the series as one whole story for now.

The animal connection was one of the best parts of the book, never pushed off to the side but also never focused on too heavily. I would've liked to have had a greater space feel to the book, but
A young scion of a wealthy family wants to prove himself by re-discovering a resort planet lost when an old interstellar empire collapsed from within. He crash lands and runs into local humans with a much lower technology level but some surprising talents surviving from their heritage as servants and support staff for the Imperial era tourists. As he searches for surviving technology that might help him recover his orbiter, he learns more about the locals, a new group of friends and supporters a ...more
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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I enjoyed this book. It was set on a low tech, formerly resort planet, created for people looking to kick back and enjoy a simpler way of life. The main characters are a man who crashed on the planet while looking for clues to its past history, and a native of the planet who is a respected huntress. She has a wonderful puma companion who is smarter than your average puma (she practices thumb techniques by doing Cat's Cradle string games--I always wondered what cats would do if they had thumbs). ...more
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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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).

Lindskold is also the author of the “Breaking the Wall” series, which begins with Thirteen Orp
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