Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

November 14, 2017
Review: Artemis by Andy WeirArtemis by Andy Weir
Also by this author: The Martian
Published by Crown on November 14th 2017
Pages: 384

Thanks to Crown for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

The Martian was a spectacular hit, and I’m sure the first question on everyone’s minds is “how does this compare”? Well, it had a very different feel. The type of humor was similar, but not quite the same. In The Martian, the humor all stemmed from surviving on Mars, and was self deprecating and a bit dark in the ways he might die, or how others might see ultimate demise. Jazz definitely has a bit darker sense of humor as well, but its not as life and death, and maybe doesn’t come across quite as nice. I don’t mean that as a negative, just that is how I compared the two styles.

In this book, the moon has been colonized with a single city called Artemis. The city is a connected series of multi-level domes, where people under or above ground. The city has both permanent residents as well as many wealthy tourists, because really, who wouldn’t want to go visit the moon if they have the means. Because of the controlled atmosphere that allows humans to survive on the inhospitable moon, there are many restrictions on substances and items allowed in Artemis.  Anything that could pose a fire hazard is extremely dangerous and outlawed.

Enter Jazz. Her legitimate day job is as a porter, delivering packages across Artemis. But her main job is as a smuggler, delivering those contraband items that people in Artemis are looking for. I enjoyed Jazz’s character. She is strong and smart and fiercely independent. I also enjoyed her sense of humor. You could also say Jazz is a bit of a Mary Sue. When I say she is smart, that is a bit of an understatement. She is a whiz at figuring things out, and honestly, sometimes those deductions and scientific reasonings seemed to come a bit too easy when she was outside of an area of expertise. (I can understand if it is in her background, but when something new to her pops up, she still seems to reach expert level awfully quick). This really didn’t detract much from my enjoyment of the book, and Jazz was certainly not infallible, but I do suspect some readers will find her resolutions a bit “easy”. That said, Weir does still include scientific explanations for many of the problems, events and solutions presented in the book. I didn’t find it anywhere close to being hard to follow, or overly scientific. Really, it was presented quite simplistically, likely to ensure readers could follow and still feel like there was a sound basis for what was happening.

Overall, I would say this was an incredibly fun book. Is it perfect? I don’t think so, but I also find that I didn’t care much about the imperfections I did notice. I don’t think readers should go in expecting more of The Martian, but do know that some of the key traits from The Martian (that “off” sense of humor and a very bright and scientific protagonist) are present in Artemis as well.



  • Lynn November 14, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I enjoyed this and would say it was definitely a 4* read. I had problems with Jazz to start off with though – she annoyed me somewhat but I loved the imagined City and also the plot and Jazz worked out okay for me in the end as most of my niggles were resolved during the course of the story.
    Lynn 😀

    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader) November 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      yeah, I can definitely see why she could annoy people. It took me a little bit to warm up to her, and I had to decide to focus on fun and not what I didnt like.Glad it got better for you!

  • Sara Letourneau November 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I’m glad to hear it’s a different “animal” from The Martian, so to speak. It’s good that Andy Weir isn’t repeating himself by telling the same story again. As long as it’s well written, funny (I don’t think an Andy Weir book could be an Andy Weir book without his signature humor), and scientifically accurate, then I’m game. 🙂

  • Tammy @Books, Bones & Buffy November 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I agree, this was so much fun. I really loved Jazz and the humor didn’t bother me at all!

    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader) November 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      yeah, it didn’t bother me either. It was just a bit different from what I remember in The Martian, like it was stemming from something else.

  • Maddalena@spaceandsorcery November 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Jazz’s brand of humor fared a great deal better with me than did Mark Whatney’s, and I warmed up to her quite swiftly, not in spite of her rough edges, but because of them. If this will be turned into a movie as The Martian was, it will be another success… 🙂

  • Wendell November 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Good to hear this one is a fun read. I’ve been looking for one of those kinds of sci-fi novels for a while now.

  • sjhigbee November 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Oh yes – I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review – and I liked Jazz, too. She certainly seems to divide readers, but I have met a number characters just like her so it worked for me. I’ll be reviewing it soon:)

  • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum November 15, 2017 at 12:04 am

    No not a perfect book and I think I actually prefer The Martian over this one. I mean, the scope of it was just epic, with the whole world coming together to rescue one man…the feels! Artemis didn’t have that same quality, but hey it was still a lot of fun and I guess in the end that’s what counts 🙂

  • Melliane November 15, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I’m not a good sci-fi reader, complicated for me but I’m happy to see you had a good time with it