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 loved The Martian. “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this” = the best line ever. And given its popularity, it’s no wonder Artemis has also been a bestseller.
Once again, Weir brings Nasa to the punters along with a good dose of humour. Apparently a lot more science homework went into creating a city on the moon.
I do have to admit to not liking Artemis quite as much. It’s still an enjoyable story, fast-paced like The Martian, but perhaps a bit more crass.
“On a scale from one to ‘invade Russia in winter,’ how stupid is this plan?”
“And if you want to make babies, somebody’s got to get fucked.”
GENRE: Science Fiction
AWARDS: Goodreads Choice Award for Science Fiction 2017