Artemis (Andy Weir)

25 May 2022


WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is one of the criminals. 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 also a lot more dangerous.

When you live on the moon, of course you have a dark side...

Average Rating:

Sinclair Manson (3 June 2022 18:31)

This is essentially a heist caper on the moon and at points is as much fun as one would hope from such a premise. The author attempts to integrate that narrative with a more sober one about the struggle to establish a thriving, independent lunar colony. Unfortunately the tension between these two strands is not well resolved, so that each detracts from the other. This conflict is reflected and equally unresolved in the character of the protagonist: alternating between explaning the precariousness of her lunar home and endangering it with reckless abandon, so that she never quite seems to be a coherent person. There are a couple of decent books here but neither manages to get out from under the other.

Sean Aaron (2 June 2022 19:52)

Hopefully the eventual film adaptation will also star Matt Damon as the main character so he can engineer the shit out of moon stuff!