About the author:
ANDY WEIR built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time.
He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail.
He lives in California.
About the book:
WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.
So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…
I have yet to read The Martian, but when I got a copy of Artemis I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I was looking for a book that would capture my attention and keep me turning the pages. I found exactly that with Artemis!
Artemis is a city on the moon, and home to the main character, Jazz Bashara. Jazz is the daughter of a master welder, and she herself works as a porter in Artemis. Having lived on the moon since leaving Saudi Arabia at 6 years of age, Jazz knows all there is to know about life in Artemis. But all of that changes when she gets a job offer (read; commit a major crime!) that she can’t refuse!
In agreeing to this job, Jazz finds herself in much deeper than she could ever have imagined. There is a battle for control of Artemis raging, and she has unwittingly placed herself square in the middle of it. What follows can only be described as scientific bedlam.
Weir has created a superb cast of characters, each with their own quirks and idiosyncracies that make them more likeable (or not, depending on who you’re reading about!). Packed to the brim with science-y (Not a word, I know, but you know what I mean!!!) stuff, I found Artemis to be highly engrossing. I wanted to know more about what was going on and the author has a great storytelling ability!
Unexpected, fun and pacy, Artemis had everything I was looking for at the time when I picked it up. Science fiction is still a new genre for me, but I will most definitely be going back to read The Martian after this one!