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Artemis: A Novel Hardcover – November 14, 2017
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Advance Praise for Artemis:
“Weir has done the impossible—he’s topped The Martian with a sci-fi-noir-thriller set in a city on the moon. What more do you want from life? Go read it!”– Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
“Everything you could hope for in a follow-up to The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won’t be able to put down.” – Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One
“A superior near-future thriller…with a healthy dose of humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride…one of the best science fiction novels of the year.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all – a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Martian:
“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years.” —Wall Street Journal
“A gripping survival story.” —New York Times
“Terrific…a crackling good read.”—USA Today
“A marvel…Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.”—Washington Post
“Impressively geeky…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure.” —Associated Press
“Utterly nail-baiting and memorable.”—Financial Times
“A hugely entertaining novel that reads like a rocket ship afire.”—Chicago Tribune
About the Author
ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.
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Jazz lives on the moon, in a city called Artemis. Named after the moon, of course. Travel between the moon and earth is consistent, and the moon has become a vacation hot spot for people of all types, though the only ones that afford to live there year-round (other than those who work there) are filthy rich. She is a smuggler, and works offloading cargo ships as well. When one of her smuggling regulars asks her for a shady job, her first inclination is to say no. Then he names his price, and she runs with it - she has a specific goal she's saving for, and this will clear it and then some. But that's when things get crazy, and the book takes off like a rocket (put totally intended).
This book does have a few puzzle pieces missing. There are some choices that Jazz makes that will obviously be very bad ones. There are a few things that will happen that readers will see coming. Having said that - the book is a fun ride from beginning to end, even *with* those puzzle pieces missing. Jazz as a character was interesting, particularly as it would be difficult to create a character more opposite from the one in Weir's first book. The science sprinkled throughout was a little harder for me to understand than in the first book, but for those who appreciated it then - you will appreciate it here as well.
Overall, if readers go into this book just looking for a good read, then this might fit the bill. Again - it's not The Martian, but it has strengths and weaknesses all its own.
The story is engaging and the character appealing in a novel that is stuffed full of action, suspense, and drama, as well as some good science, engineering, and this time economics. In short, Andy Weir has done it again. One cannot wait to see what the movie is going to be like.
I only have one minor quibble, and it's probably my bad math. Jazz needs to figure out the four-digit combination to a lock and knows only that it consists of three unique digits. Jazz quickly figures out that there are 54 possible combinations, but I could only find 36 of them. The rest of the novel is just as verisimilitudinous as The Martian is, a point that as a lifelong sci-fi fan I prize highly. It's far better than The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress -- although I sort of wish that Weir had nodded to my favorite Heinlein protagonist and mentioned the possibility of human flight on the Moon, if only to debunk it.
I've read the book The Martian several times, and seen the movie many times. It's going to be the same with Artemis. I've already started casting the movie in my mind.
Loved his hidden jabs at the Martian (who would use duct tape to keep out space)<----one example.
It was a bit predictable, which did disappoint me. Could his foreshadowing have been more obvious? No one intros a character without them being a part of the main story. Rookie mistake maybe. Didn't detract from the humor of the book, which is what drew me in. He used "goy" and I have to love it just for that.
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