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 Jazz’s 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 more unlikely than the first
No, I haven’t read The Martian. I know. I KNOW. Still, I watched the movie and enjoyed it. It wasn’t my favorite movie ever, but I liked the fresh perspective. And it was fun. As soon as I read Artemis’s synopsis, I knew I wanted to give it a try. After all, I’m kind of enjoying this reading #outsidecomfortzone thing.
Turns out, this was exactly what I needed. After a bad week, I wanted a book that made me forget about everything else, and I started reading Artemis and ended up finishing it on that very same day. Overall, I had some minor issues, but I had such a great time reading it that I don’t care that much about those the rest.
I absolutely loved Artemis‘ narrator: Jazz. She was a great character and she made me laugh several times. Regarding the criticism, I do think it’s obvious Jazz was written by a man; it’s just that everything about her makes her look like the “perfect” woman for a modern heterosexual guy. Regardless of that, I think she was fierce and brave and I loved how she didn’t care about what others thought of her (and speaking of that, how come she has a “reputation” but doesn’t sleep with anyone at all?). She was a fascinating main character and one I wouldn’t mind reading more about.
The plot-adventure was crazy and unbelievable but it was really entertaining to read and I was smiling most of the time. That’s a great thing since I’ve already mentioned I don’t usually read this kind of stories. So yeah, if you’re looking for a novel that is witty, fun and full of action, this is definitely it.
On the other hand, I have to say I was definitely not interested in the physics and technical details and so I skipped some of those parts. I didn’t need such a detailed explanation, I’m afraid. I just wanted action and fun and this book had already plenty of that. If you loved The Martian and you want a book that offers a similar experience, don’t miss Artemis.
ARC, Ebury Publishing, 2017