Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

After his highly successful first novel, “The Martian” plus the movie starring Matt Damon, Andy Weir’s sophomoric endeavor, “Artemis” turned out to be as entertaining yet not as engaging as the first one.

For those who needs a synopsis, the Description below says it all. If I add something more, there will be spoilers. So, just like Jasmine Bashara, our heroine, I will just stick to the nitty gritty of things.

Full of wry humor but not enough for laugh out loud funny moments, Jasmine reminds of me Bruce Willis’ Hudson Hawk – irreverent and full of attitude. She makes me smile, yet she does not give me enough for a full belly laugh. It’s not to say that she is not interesting. But, Mark Watney (The Martian) is a hard act to follow.

The book is science fiction and set in the near future. Personally, I hope that I will live long enough to see a human colony on the moon. The earth is already overpopulated. The Moon and Mars are good candidates for future human colonization.

For “Artemis” to be a heist turned into a power struggle on who will control the moon colony itself was a total downer for me. Perhaps its because of my idealism. I am hoping that when humans leave earth for new homes in Mars or the Moon, we can rise above greed.

So, though I find “Artemis” enjoyable and will recommend it to be included in your reading list, I am also disappointed with it because I am faced with the same human failings that have plagued us for thousands of years.

If I want reality, I will read history books. Sci-fi is my escape but Artemis just gave me too much reality to truly find it funny.

Artemis” is Rated M for Mature due to subject matter.

 
Description

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.

Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.

The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.

Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.

That’ll have to do.

Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.


Photo in collage from NASA