Hey everyone! I’m back today with a review of a recent release, a best seller, and a Goodreads award winner: Artemis. Did I mention that I also am in love with Andy Weir’s writing? When I heard that he was releasing a second book, I almost died. Not literally, but I really freaked. This was an amazing book to read, and I can’t wait to share what I thought of it with you.
Artemis is a base on the moon. The people have adapted to the low gravity, the tourism, and the cliche jokes. Jazz, is a rough and tough woman who is just looking to make a living, even if it’s in a dishonest way. Yes, she’s a criminal, a smuggler. When one of her regular clients wants to make an extra buck and offers her an amount she can’t refuse, she falls into a conspiracy spiral that she is determined to stop.
I am giving this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was amazing story concept and was beautifully constructed. Andy Weir is a wonderful author that I have been a fan of for a couple of years now. His book, The Martian, was one of the books that pulled me back into reading. Jazz, the main character, is honest and I wish that she were real because we probably would’ve gotten along very well. She also talks about the complex social structure and basic issues that our culture seems to be struggling with today.
Weir always has diverse and interesting characters with deep personalities that are blunt yet they can make you laugh at the worst things! That isn’t always bad though. This is a magnificent talent. Jazz, the main character/narrator of Artemis, is a low class, tough ass, porter who is just looking for a way to make a living. She drinks, she swears, she sneaks. She is the perfect definition of an imperfect character. After the first chapter, I had a huge girl crush on her. She’s blunt, but brings prevalent issues into the light.
Jazz’s and her father moved from Saudi Arabia to Artemis when she was 6 years old, and he single parents her. This is a huge testament to single parents everywhere and their determination. Honestly, their relationship almost made me cry at times. It was beautiful and realistic by showing that all relationships, especially between parents and children, are not perfect like so many books portray.
The other character that I really enjoyed watching Jazz growth with throughout the story was her best friend, Dale. Relationships, even with best friends, aren’t easy, and go through rough patches. Weir really captured the most basic human essence of these relationships through healing Dale and Jazz’s friendship.
All of the other characters that Jazz interacts with throughout the story play a part. Weir is great about giving each and every character that he introduces a role that helps drive the story forward. And since Jazz has lived on Artemis for so long, there are back stories and interactions between most of them. She’s the person who has the connections and can get whatever she needs. I promise, that there is never a spare character (one that has been introduced but not used) that doesn’t get used in this story.
This book deals with heavy topics that are present everyday, and if you think that a Sci-Fi novel isn’t going to make you reflect on your life, then you have never read anything by Andy Weir. One of the major conflicts that was prevalent in the community of Artemis is the devision of wealth. Jazz, the main character, is in the lowest of the low, poorest of the poor who still is able to have a bed, or what she calls a coffin, to sleep in. Then, on the flip side, there are members who have unimaginable wealth that makes the breath in your lungs stop at just the idea of that much money. This huge divide is just an idea of what is beginning to happen in my country, America, right now. While I was reading, the mention of people who are neither wealthy nor poor, the middle-class, were not mentioned too much. Either you were a slum or you weren’t.
The other major conflict that I saw while reading this book wasn’t really a conflict at all, but rather interactions between the characters that I admired. The community of Artemis was not confined to just one nationality or religion. It has what Jazz says is absolute freedom, except for major crimes like murder. All of these different nationalities such as Saudi, Kenyan, American, Canadian, Brazilian, and Vietnamese interact and seem to accept each other, flowing and not having major differences. This idea made me really reflect on how my world (my country) treats outsiders, and honestly, it made me sad. But, I digress and I am thankful that Weir’s writing has that much power and influence.
Artemis is super, duper cool. I love how immersive all of Weir’s stories are. I felt as if I were actually in Artemis. I find it astounding how much logic and math Weir puts into his stories. That takes serious dedication and I love it. At times, it did get a bit out there for me because I don’t know much about physics, but that shouldn’t keep you away from the book because Jazz would bring it back down to a level where the average adult can understand.
I really enjoyed this book. It was quick and mostly fast paced. Weir’s writing is always fun to read and you know that there is always going to be a puzzle that needs to be solved. I have recommended this to many friends, because it has a little bit of everything in it for everyone. 4/5 stars.
Thanks for reading this little review. I had a lot of fun reading this book. I got my copy through Book of the Month Club which I bought a year subscription for myself as a Christmas present. I love this subscription service and might talk about it later on in the new year.