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Artemis by Andy Weir
Sci-fi

Artemis

by Andy Weir

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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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Synopsis

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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Artemis
I bounded over the gray, dusty terrain toward the huge dome of Conrad Bubble. Its airlock, ringed with red lights, stood distressingly far away. It's hard to run with a hundred kilograms of gear on—even in lunar gravity. But you'd be amazed how fast you can hustle when your life is on the line. Bob ran beside me. His voice came over the radio: "Let me connect my tanks to your suit!" "That'll just get you killed too." "The leak's huge," he huffed. "I can see the gas escaping your tanks." "Thanks for the pep talk." "I'm the EVA master here," Bob said. "Stop right now and let me cross-connect!" "Negative." I kept running. "There was a pop right before the leak alarm. Metal fatigue. Got to be the valve assembly. If you cross-connect you'll puncture your line on a jagged edge." "I'm willing to take that risk!" "I'm not willing to let you," I said. "Trust me on this, Bob. I know metal." I switched to long, even hops. It felt like slow motion, but it was the best way to move with all that weight. My helmet's heads-up display said the airlock was fifty-two meters away. I glanced at my arm readouts. My oxygen reserve plummeted while I watched. So I stopped watching.

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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (4,715)

  • Amanda S.

    Cedar Grove, WI

    Absolutely amazing! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love Andy Weir novels, the detail put into the story and the backsides comedy make for a great read. The plot was fantastic and had me hooked. Loved this book!!

  • Mckenzie B.

    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!

  • Morgan C.

    Palatine, IL

    A really cool sci-if book based on a lunar city, our very own moon. Still science-y but more action packed than Weir’s other books. It reads like a movie with the “heist” & lots of fun world building.

  • Karmen K.

    Milpitas, CA

    The original mission was not the main story, it comes after. I want to learn more about Lene and her development in taking over her father’s empire. Curious about Kelvin—wish there was one more letter

  • Jessica M.

    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

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