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Artemis by Andy Weir


by Andy Weir

Quick take

If capers and spacesuits are your type of thing, I would buckle up and hop on this celestial rocket of a story.

Why I love it

Book of the Month

Many people loved The Martian, a story of a lone astronaut’s survival on Mars, written with enough scientific explanation to render it thoroughly believable. Now Andy Weir is back with Artemis, a high-octane caper which takes place much closer to home '“ our own moon. (Note, a trip to the moon is 'œonly' 238k miles, vs. 54 million miles to Mars.)

This time, Weir has conjured a fully functioning city, with thousands of inhabitants dwelling in five interconnected glass bubbles. And, while less science-oriented than The Martian, the book also has sufficiently detailed explanations of how things work (think construction dynamics, oxygen production, systems of transport, agriculture methods, etc.) to render the encampment plausible.

What unfolds in Artemis (that’s the name of the city as well as the book) is a really fun ride with a lot of action and very high stakes. Our hero, a resourceful young smuggler named Jazz Basahara, finds herself caught up in an epic battle for control of the city. She is perpetually in motion—hurtling about in space suits, racing through tunnels and basements, disabling heavy equipment, and fighting bad guys—as she tries to save the city and its inhabitants. There’s enough kinetic motion to make you feel exhausted just reading about it. In fact, reading Artemis feels a lot like reading a really fun screenplay. And no surprise, the film adaptation is already in the works. If capers and spacesuits are your type of thing, I would buckle up and hop on this celestial rocket of a story.

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

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.

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  • Saint George, UT

    He did it again! I loved this book, and that the heroine was not the “perfect” woman. She had serious flaws and it was perfect. What a beautifully thought out world. I hope it gets a good movie!

  • Spokane, WA

    Such a great plot. Kept me guessing through everything and it surprised me time and time again. Lots of detailed descriptions which I normally can’t stand but this time it actually benefited the book.

  • Aztec , NM

    Come on! What’s not to love about Andy Weir? He puts a lot of work into making sure the science is correct. His imagery is just beautiful. I passed this book along to all of my friends. It was awesome

  • Laveen, AZ

    Love the humor! The science was INCREDIBLE and so well thought out, I felt like Weir's world was close to reality.Amazing mystery/adventure that literally transports you to another world in time&space

  • San Jose, CA

    A good story that centralizes around the strength of a woman who constantly outsmarts any obstacle that stands before her. Recommend for anyone interested in strong female characters and sci fi fans.

  • Orange City, FL

    This book was great! Fast read and very detailed on how things work. I would love to see a movie adaptation of this or actually better yet, for this city to exist. And the main character feels so real

  • Tulsa, OK

    I read books pretty slowly and over time, but everytime I picked up this book, I just wanted to read more and more. There's a lot of sciency talk but it does really well in explaining things. Love it!

  • Stamford, CT

    This is a genre I usually don't read. But I figured I would try something different and I liked it alot! It's good to see a female hero protagonist! I highly recommend it, it'll keep you on your toes!

  • Massillon, OH

    The main protagonist is both witty and intelligent. Andy made this book even more realistic with all of the chemistry references and helped me to truely visualize Artemis. Loved it through and through

  • Meeker, CO

    I opened this book hoping it would be even 1/4 as good as The Martian - and in it's own way it was just as amazing. Well written & nerdy as hell; I'm so glad Weir went with such a strong female lead.

  • Trabuco Canyon, CA

    Absolutely loved this book! Its a great story about a clever, rough around the edges woman who lives on the moon. She runs into plenty of trouble, lessons, and complicated relationships. It was so fun

  • Springfield, GA

    I saw this was by the same author of The Martian & was intrigued. I'm so glad I made this choice. Not only is this plot interesting, but the pessimism and personality of the protagonist is hilarious.

  • Slippery Rock, PA

    Couldn't out this book down!! It was so entertaining. The plot was so good and kept me wanting more! I found myself trying to guess what would happen next only to be completely blown away by what came

  • Fort Worth, TX

    I loved this book. The main character was smart and sassy, and I audibly laughed out loud several times while reading. Andy Weir is a master at creating lovable characters, and including smart science

  • Benton, PA

    "Artemis" has become one of my favorites, I loved the main character and the development. The amount of detail put into the book and how things would work out in that specific situation is incredible.

  • Medina, OH

    This book is a brilliant mix of action, mystery, and humor. It kept me hooked with every twist and turn of the plot. It will have you on the edge of you seat, unable to put it down. 10/10 excellent

  • Philadelphia , PA

    I read the Martian so I knew I was in for a lot of science. I loved the plot and the small bits of romance here and there. Jazz is such an amazing and strong protagonist. Almost cried when __ happened

  • Reston, VA

    Having not read The Martian yet I didn't know what to expect from Andy Weir. This is a very smart, futuristic story. I love that it takes place on the moon and goes into great detail about that aspect

  • Westland, MI

    This book was fun! Andy Weir does an amazing job painting a sci-fi story with humor and action. Artemis was more relationship based than The Martian, but that didn't keep it from being just as strong.

  • Severance, CO

    Good, funny read. Scientific without being too difficult to keep up with. The characters are amusing, even with somewhat limited development. But, Weir leaves me wanting MORE! Could've been longer.

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