In 2012, author Andy Weir dazzled the literary world with his debut novel The Martian.
While I didn’t hop on The Martian train until 2015, it ended up being one of my favourites of the year, partially because of the fact that understood a book about space, and partially because of the book’s main character, Mark Watney.
Naturally, when information slowly started to trickle in about Weir’s follow-up novel, Artemis, I preordered it as soon as possible, eagerly anticipating its publication on November 14, 2017.
Did the long wait between works help or hinder my love for Artemis? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Publisher: Random House Publishing (November 14, 2017)
Print Length: 305 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hrs 59 mins
Narrator: Rosario Dawson
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.
Oh how I wish I could have loved this as much as The Martian, but in the end, Artemis just didn’t live up to the anticipation.
The plot was disjointed at best and it seemed to me that each section was clearly distinct from the next rather than flowing coherently. Characters came and went as their purposes were fulfilled and certain ideas that were introduced ended up being tossed aside begging me to wonder why they were included at all.
I loved the premise of Artemis, I really did. A strong female character living on the only city on the moon, falling into dire monetary times and turning to the perfect crime in order to raise her standings. And yet, I really couldn’t stand Jazz Bashara as a character. She acted like a mix between a entitled valley girl and a sexually frustrated 16-year-old boy, not something you would expect of a 26-year-old criminal. Furthermore, a lot of the humor that made Mark Watney such a fantastic character to read about fell flat when Weir tried to duplicate it in his writing of Jazz. To be honest, the only characters I could really stand were Jazz’s father and Svoboda.
Also I really didn’t understand the inclusion of Jazz’s relationship to Kelvin. Yes, it was interesting to see that she was capable of having any sort of relationship for a long period of time, but Kelvin fragmented the narrative taking me out of the story further.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.