For some reason recently I have fallen in love with space and wanted to read a few books about it. Obviously I didn’t want to read non fiction, I wanted story so what better place to start then with Artemis.
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.
Taken from goodreads
One of the best parts of the martian is the numerous jokes that were told throughout the book and of course Andy Weir has brought that same humour into this book. Jokes are told when you think they really shouldn’t and it is because of that they are made so much more funnier. My personal favourite running joke in the book is the sexual encounters that Jazz has had and it makes it so much better when even she starts joining in with the jokes.
Don’t get me wrong the book is not a big happy story that will have you smiling the whole time. Be prepared for betrayals, lies and crying. When reading the book you will be going on an emotional rollercoaster, especially when you find out why Jazz needs to save up half a million slugs.
The amount of detail that is put into this book is simply mind blowing. It isn’t just space that we learn about but just about everything that it takes to make a city on the moon. If you are wanting to read this book then be prepared to learn about welding joint, religion and what happens to a body when it touches the moon.
A great feature that is included in this book are the emails that are passed between Jazz and Kelvin (a pen pal from earth). They add a lot to the back story of Jazz as well as give us a little insight into her smuggling business. Near the end of the book they do stop and I found myself missing them as I loved the information they gave to us about this universe.
Jasmine is the best sort of character for this book. The mixture of seriousness, humour and being care free makes for a fantastic character and works perfectly with this sort of storyline.
If you liked the martian then you will really like this book, i do think it is a bit too similar to the martian but that doesn’t mean it is not a fantastic read.