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322 pages, Kindle Edition
First published November 14, 2017
I turned my head inside the helmet, bit a nipple (try not to get excited), and sucked some water out.
“Billy, I’ve swallowed better-tasting stuff that came out of people.”
“What’s in there, anyway?”
“Porn, mostly. Starring your mom.”
"Okay, you can stop pretending you know what a niqab is. It’s a traditional Islamic headwear that covers the lower face."
"Great way to wear a mask without arousing suspicion.”
“I worked hard to make a deeper character than Mark Watney…Jazz is more nuanced. She’s flawed. She makes bad decisions. She’s incredibly intelligent, but she’s always looking for the shortcut.” - from the EW interviewThat’s one small step for an author, one giant leap for reading enjoyment. Jazz is fun and relatable, well, relatable enough that we care whether or not she is given a close encounter with an unlivable atmosphere. You might have to suspend your moral perspectives though, as Jazz is what she is, a criminal. Her wise-cracking sense of humor is very appealing, as it was for Mark Watney in The Martian. Each chapter ends with an exchange of messages, from many years before, between Jazz and an Earth-based friend. These also give us reasons to care about her.
1. andy weir just copied what he wrote for mark in ‘the martian’ and pasted it into this book. or,i think AW was just rushing through to quickly put out a book while he could ride on the success of ‘the martian’ (the film) and stay relevant. i mean, just because he could write a book, does that really mean he should? especially when its so poor quality? the writing is extremely lacking, the plot is not interesting and is lazily thrown together, and jazz is one of the worst characters in the history of ever. i just, i am still so shocked that someone could write such a terrible character. i really dont know what to say.
2. andy weir has somehow managed to never meet a woman in his entire life.
“The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs. What? I'm not a poet. They look like boobs.”
“It’s important to vary your profanities. If you use the same one too often it loses strength."
"Great way to wear a mask without arousing suspicion."
“I giggled like a little girl. Hey, I’m a girl, so I’m allowed.”All of the secondary characters are indistinguishable from one another except for the various races, nationalities, sexual identities, genders that they're assigned by Weir. None of these traits are ever actually evident in how the characters are portrayed, it just feels like Weir thought it would be good to have a diverse cast. Does it count as representation just because we're told that so-and-so is gay, or Irish, or Muslim? I'm not sure.
"A story about a city on the moon with a female lead."
Andy Weir, one of my favorite authors, serves up another winner with his new sci-fi thriller ARTEMIS....and Jazz Bashara is the spirited and defiant main attraction.
Jasmine/Jazz is basically a good person, has a smart mouth, works as a lowly Porter, and drives around in a cart she named Trigger. AND.... despite her sideline of smuggling AND superior IQ, she still lives in a room the size of a coffin....literally....and wants out!
SO.... with an offer she can't refuse to finally make some REALLY big bucks, Jazz plots a course to accomplish her most difficult and dangerous of illegal activities that threaten not only her life, but risk exile to her homeland of Saudi Arabia.
ARTEMIS is a super fun read with some intense moments, is just a little techie, and unlike THE MARTIAN, has more of a young adult feel to it, BUT....no problem....there's sabotage, murder and revenge....plus a side story going on via email to Earth....all wrapped up in a highly entertaining narrative depicting the extreme dangers of living on the Moon.
AND..... last but not least.....we have the finale when Jazz meets up with the ultimate of disasters with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide....unless she can hold her breath.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!