Jazz lives on Artemis, the first city on the moon. She delivers packages to eek out a living as well as other, more shady, methods of income.
“I live in Artemis, the first (and so far, only) city on the moon. It’s made of five huge spheres called “bubbles.” They’re half underground, so Artemis looks exactly like old sci-fi books said a moon city should look: a bunch of domes.” pg 5
One day, one of the richest men on the moon makes her an offer far too lucrative for her to refuse… all she has to do is something very dangerous and illegal. No problem, right?
“I’m sorry, but this isn’t my thing,” I said. “You’ll have to find someone else.” “I’ll give you a million slugs.” “Deal.” pg 46.
Andy Weir’s follow-up to The Martian was disappointing to me.
Unlike his first book, the science is watered down. It’s not as educational and quirky. In my mind, the exceptional science was what separated The Martian from other science fiction offerings.
The characterizations are one dimensional, like The Martian, but it was less of a problem in the first book. In that one, you were mainly dealing with one person, alone.
In Artemis, Weir tries to build a city of characters and I didn’t buy into it.
The main character, a female narrator, is particularly problematic. She just didn’t sound like a woman to me.
“I landed like a sack of sh*t. But I landed on the other side of the alcove and didn’t break anything. … Whatever. A clumsy, awkward success is still a success.” pg 124.
But beyond those small problems, Artemis is still enjoyable.
Weir put a huge amount of thought into how an economy on the moon would work. It is the most realistic I’ve ever read.
He also nails the human condition, the drive for novelty and tourism.
Weir describes the trouble with travel: Even when it’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. You leak money like a sieve. You’re jet-lagged. You’re exhausted all the time. You’re homesick even though you’re on vacation.” pg 152.
Members of my book club voiced the opinion that Weir wrote this book as if he was prepping it for the screen. I agree.
If you’re going to read one Weir book, go with The Martian. Borrow this one from the library.
Thanks for reading!