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.
I’d been waiting for another Andy Weir story since I finished The Martian and Artemis certainly lived up to expectation. This time we are on our Moon rather than Mars, no one is stranded either, in fact there is a whole city on the Moon. Which is seriously cool.
Slightly slower to get started than The Martian, this book had some significant ‘world building’ to do in order to properly introduce us to Artemis – the first (and only) city on the moon. This wasn’t a bad thing, I loved learning about it, getting to know how it came into being, its society and laws – or lack of laws in a lot of cases!
Jazz was another winning character. She was smart, likeable, oh so humanly flawed and capable of making some really bad decisions. This didn’t stop me rooting for her every step of the way, in fact it made me like her more.
Readers of The Martian will be familiar with some elements of this book – EVA suits and lunar rovers to name a couple, but Artemis is a whole new story – and well worth a read!