Friday, November 10, 2017

ARC Review: Artemis By Andy Weir

Artemis By Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Release Date: November, 14th, 2017
Format: Egalley provided by Netgalley*
My Rating: ★★

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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.
 
I was really excited when I was granted access to an advanced reader copy of Artemis, because I loved Andy Weir's first novel The Martian. Although, since I am not that knowledgeable in science it was a real challenge for me. I love science-fiction but when it comes down to real hard-science, I struggle with understanding. I had the same problem with Artemis at times, but in context it didn't make the book hard to get. I kind of just took all the science stuff to heart and assumed it was correct! My brother is a physicist so I forced him to read The Martian and tell me what he thought, so I might do the same for this new novel! 

I thought it was interesting that the author chose to do his second novel in the female perspective. I think he did a pretty decent job with being accurate with Jazz's world view. I kind of loved that she was brash woman that swore a lot. I am always here for blunt women that say "fuck" a lot. Jazz pretty much doesn't give a crap about anything, and I loved that about her! She's just out to make her next slug. I don't know what that says about me that I love characters like this. One thing that I really appreciate about her character is that she knows her situation is 100% her fault. She doesn't try to blame anyone else for where her life ended up. She is where she is just scraping by because of a series of bad life choices that she made. 

Going into this novel, I knew it was heavy on the, "It's a heist novel...but on the moon!!" so I was pretty amped for it. I just didn't know it was going to turn into an espionage/thriller too! That was really interesting. There was a lot more going on in Artemis, and somehow Jazz finds herself in the middle of it and she has to use her smarts to get by. 

Like Matt Watney, in Weir's first novel, Jazz uses humor as a defense mechanism. I have seen others criticize this book to say that she just seemed TOO much like Watney, and I think that is a fair assessment. I don't know if I immediately thought she was too much like him, but I did think her little quips and dumb jokes later in the novel just seemed to be too forced. I don't know if it was just because I had been peppered to death with these things throughout and it was starting to annoy me, but I think this should have been toned down a little. 

All in all, this is a good book, and I enjoyed reading it. Jazz is an anti-hero, and I adore characters like that. She's a criminal, but only petty and she does have a moral compass to know when to do the right thing. I think if you enjoyed Weir's first novel you will probably enjoy this one too!

*I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review via NetGalley.com. This in no way influenced my review.

Happy Reads Everyone!
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