I did it! I was so afraid I wouldn’t make it, but I did finish this book before the release date, and that’s something to be proud of with my current schedule – let’s not bring up the fact that I had to put school work aside to accomplish this, please.
But, oh my – this was so worth it! I’m sick of reading textbooks, and this was an awesome break!
Author: Andy Weir
Number of Pages: 384
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
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 received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Spoilers are hidden
I had never read anything by Andy Weir before, even though I had read/ heard several things about The Martian, both the book and the movie. And ever since a few weeks ago, I started to see everyone excited about Artemis. When I checked it out on NetGalley, it seemed promising, and I definitely don’t regret my decision!
My favourite thing about this whole book has to be the main character, Jazz. A lot of people seem to not appreciate her, which I can understand – in fact, she gets in all types of trouble, she makes doubtful choices and you’re likely to get a sassy comeback if you talk to her. And her kind of jokes doesn’t suit everybody. But it did suit me. I found Jazz a determined, independent and insanely smart character. She puts on a tough girl act all the time but, in reality, she really just wants to protect herself by keeping it to herself. It was quite the journey to see her softening around other people – <spoiler> I would never have guessed she would save Sanchez or even sacrifice herself in the end, she just always seemed to me like the kind of person who would rather save their own skin first. </spoiler> I could have gone without a trait from Jazz’s personality, though: well, it’ s not really a trait, but I think you’ll get what I mean. There were some moments, and I have a particular scene in mind, when the dialogues would turn too cringy. The particular line I’m thinking about was definitely unnecessary! (extra points if you can figure out what I’m talking about 😛 )
The rest of the characters didn’t make it look like they were just filling up space, which I also liked. They all added something to Jazz’s story and the plot, and they were all very different, both in personality and background. And most of them had a humour similar to Jazz’s, which only made it all more hilarious! I especially liked her Dad, her penpal buddy Kelvin and Svoboda.
When it comes to the actual writing, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though this story is set in a quick pace, the entire book made me feel that Jazz and I were the best of friends and she was telling me a story, thanks to expressions similar to “if you don’t know what it is, I’ll explain it …” and the like. And this brings me to my next topic: science, which is obviously a big part of the plot. And while I do think science is really interesting, I do not have the brains to work it out by myself. And so the detailed explanations were deeply appreciated. At the same time, sometimes they were just toooooo long and I couldn’t bother myself to read it all. It was hard coming to a middle term on the subject. 😂
Artemis comes out next Tuesday! Are you planning on reading it? 😀