The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of The Martian returns with a new adventure - a twisty, smart, high concept thriller about a heist set on the moon.
The #1 New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible near-future adventure.
You grew up on the moon, of course you have a dark side...
Jazz is a small time criminal, subsidising work as a porter on the moon with smuggling a little contraband. But it’s never enough.
When she’s offered the chance to get rich quick she jumps at it. But planning the perfect crime in 1/6th gravity was never going to be easy, especially as there is a conspiracy at the heart of Artemis.
At first it was about the money, then it was about control. Now it’s about survival…
Review by Tanaya Lowden
Full of the same lovable quick wit and humour as The Martian, Artemis is another gripping read from bestselling author, Andy Weir.
Artemis follows Jazz, a resident of the moon. Unless you’re a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire, making a living on the moon can be tough, and Jazz gets by through smuggling the occasional bit of contraband from Earth. Soon, Jazz is asked to commit the perfect crime for a reward too lucrative to turn down, and alas, a web of conspiracies and secrets are unveiled.
Part of what makes this book so enthralling is its characters. Weir has a talent of writing characters that are smart, funny and likeable, but also incredibly quirky and flawed. I really loved Jazz, and found myself laughing at her dialogue and internal monologue quite frequently throughout the book.
The setting of Weir’s books also make them a standout in my eyes. The community he created on the moon was well developed and fascinating, and definitely added to the adventure and anticipation that are a feature of his writing.
How does this book compare to Weir’s previous novel? The Martian is a fascinating and unputdownable sci-fi novel set in space that grips you from the very first sentence (which unfortunately cannot be repeated here!). Artemis, on the other hand, follows a very different narrative. It’s a heist story set on the moon, making the comparisons between both books difficult. What I will say is that Artemis is an entertaining and strong sophomore novel, and definitely worth reading. I loved it, and cannot wait for further books by this author!
About the Author
Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time.
He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.
"Artemis does for the moon what The Martian did for Mars. His second novel concerns a likeable protagonist in peril, saved by her own resourcefulness, in a tale that leaves readers better informed about science than they were before they read it...Plus the narrator has real charm. There's no question that this novel is going to be a hit" * The Guardian *
"Jazz, Weir's main character, is a moon-born version of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. She is young, rebellious and a petty criminal...Weir's great strength, as he showed in The Martian, is to make us believe. His future society living inside massive domes built not far from where Armstrong set foot in 1969 is utterly plausible." * The Times *
"Weir has done it again: he's created a diverse and fantastic new world, filled with eclectic and memorable characters, and woven them into a dazzling work of contemporary science fiction - one that's chock-full of actual science. Artemis is everything you could hope for in a follow-up to his smash debut The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won't be able to put down, featuring a heroine who's equal parts Ellen Ripley, Arya Stark, and Jyn Erso. I can't recommend it enough!" -- ERNEST CLINE * bestselling author of Ready Player One *
"All the things I loved about The Martian are here in spades-the hard science Weir somehow makes accessible and riveting, the masterful, never-see-it-coming plotting, but most of all the voice of his new protagonist, Jazz Bashara-an irreverent, witty, vulnerable heroine, who, just like Mark Watney, is exactly the kind of character you'll want to spend a book with. With Artemis, Andy 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 * bestselling author of Dark Matter *
"Weir's great skill, as he already proved with The Martian, is his attention to detail. Artemis is a triumph of imagination" * ESQUIRE *
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th November 2017
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.42