Henry Avila's Reviews > Artemis
Henry Avila's review
Jan 26, 2018
The Moon... during the futuristic years , the 2080's, set on its only city Artemis ( ancient Greek goddess of the Moon), granted not much in comparison to Earth's urban centers, just 2,000 people living inside five crowded, connected spheres (bubbles), mostly underground, small living spaces, few parks, little hotels for the tourists, entertainment essentially non- existent... The views largely obstructed; outside a black night, as a gigantic half Earth above slowly transverse the sky ...shall we say a dull experience for the Artemisians...don't call them Loonies. Our main character is Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara, brought to this satellite by her devout Muslim father, Ammar, when six, from Saudi Arabia, her mother is somewhere on the third planet. At 26 , she speaks like a foul mouth boy of 15, drinking, not very religious, seeing many men, a bit wild, obviously estranged from her parent, the one Jazz has known and loved since a child. You may believe a trip to the Moon would be a voyage of a lifetime, save your money, rather dull in fact. Not much to see but the Apollo 11 landing site, this is the Sea of Tranquility and the city just a few miles away, no coincidence ...the spheres, all are named after American astronauts. The Flag is buried under grayish moon dust, like the rest of this world though, and none have touched it in more than a century. The excited tourists love taking the 25 miles train ride to the Visitor Center and look reverently , the brave, an EVA for a closer view. Still the constant space liners from their good neighbor, the Blue Globe, bring prosperous people, unlike other sci-fi books about this planet, they continue to be alive and thriving in the late 21st century...Jazz is not happy living in a tiny room where she can't even stand-up , no bathroom, she needs to go down the hall hoping it isn't occupied, sleeping in a bed so minuscule, they're nicknamed coffins, no kitchen, basically a hole in the wall, would you ? The corporation who ruled here is from Kenya, but the inhabitants are from every part of Earth. I wonder where is China, Russia, the U.S. , Japan, Europe and the others, a strange monopoly of a potentially lucrative asset and a strategic territory too, but I regress...Jazz is no model citizen, if they declared this a country, which cleverly the people of Luna do not, politically a wise decision, she pretends to be a porter, in reality a smuggler of contraband, cigars, liquor, machinery, anything but guns and hard drugs, (even petty criminals have standards) as the freighters, space liners arrive from Terra , and soon comes along a fabulous opportunity , to score big , she will not turn down. A shady Billionaire, Trond Landvik, with a crippled daughter, Lene, the low gravity enables her to walk with crutches there, or jump ten feet in the air, ( no wonder the rich man lives here ).He has a plan, quite daring and very illegal to destroy a factory of a business rival, yes the Moon is like Earth, a little tricky though, this building is located outside on the lunar surface, less than a mile from Artemis, and makes all the air for the city...not to worry, maybe, a hidden supply is nearby, he says... unbeknownst the owners are Brazilian mobsters, ouch. Jazz needs help, a bashful scientist friend, the brilliant Martin Svoboda and others to make her a million slugs, lunar money... Some will look at the Moon and declare it is ugly others beautiful, nevertheless the imagination conquers everything, for nothing is more interesting to the reader, than what can be, or should be ...books are our ship to the stars...
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