The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.
Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
That’ll have to do.
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
Praise for Artemis:
“An action-packed techno-thriller of the first order…the perfect vehicle for humans who want to escape, if only for a time, the severe gravity of planet earth. The pages fly by.”—USA Today
“Revitalizes the Lunar-colony scenario, with the author’s characteristic blend of engineering know-how and survival suspense…Jazz is a great heroine, tough with a soft core, crooked with inner honesty.”—Wall Street Journal
“Smart and sharp…Weir has done it again [with] a sci-fi crowd pleaser made for the big screen.”—Salon.com
“Makes cutting-edge science sexy and relevant…Weir has created a realistic and fascinating future society, and every detail feels authentic and scientifically sound.” —Associated Press
“Out-of-this-world storytelling.”—Houston Chronicle
“Weir excels when it comes to geeky references, snarky humour and scenes of ingenious scientific problem-solving.” —Financial Times
“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, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
“Everything you could hope for in a follow-up to The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won’t be able to put down.” – Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One
“A superior near-future thriller…with a healthy dose of humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride…one of the best science fiction novels of the year.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all – a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Martian:
“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years.” —Wall Street Journal
“A gripping survival story.” —New York Times
“Terrific…a crackling good read.”—USA Today
“A marvel…Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.”—Washington Post
“Impressively geeky…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure.” —Associated Press
“Utterly nail-baiting and memorable.”—Financial Times
“A hugely entertaining novel that reads like a rocket ship afire.”—Chicago Tribune
About the Author
ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California.
Top customer reviews
I pre-ordered this as soon as I knew it was being published, all on the strength of The Martian, which I loved. So now I can tell you that Sophomore Slump is a real thing. Artemis isn’t a bad book, it’s just not a great book. I’m not sure it’s always a good book, but I’m up and down about that.
As I was beginning it, The Housemate read me a highly critical review by the AV Club. Most of the review was about how the main character didn’t feel like a woman. I felt that was relatively unimportant, that gender wasn’t an issue in the story as far as I’d read, and honestly I still feel that way. Weir could have made his protagonist male and changed almost nothing about the narrative. Had this book been about women’s issues, I might have felt short-changed, but as it is, this is a pretty standard thriller, and representation is way down on the list of things one expects from this genre.
However, irony is ironic. When I picked the book up again after hearing the review, I found that it had been close to being right. Not spot-on, just close. None of the characters had any depth for me, mostly they were interchangeable plot devices. Again, that’s standard fare in the genre, so I’m willing to shrug and let it go in spite of the fact that I know Weir can create dimensional characters. But what flummoxed me was that the action sequences were so dull. They were highly technical, and where that worked in The Martian, it does not work here.
I found myself racing through those parts to get to the human interactions, which if they didn’t have the depth I could have hoped for, were at least more interesting than all the tech stuff. I found myself thinking that someone told Weir that “people loved all that technical stuff in The Martian, so maybe you should do it again, and do more of it.” Yeah that worked when it was a single man against the elements and ultimately against technology. But here? It’s kind of flat. At least that’s how it felt to me.
So in the end, while I enjoyed parts of it, those parts proved greater than the whole, and I can’t be super enthusiastic the way I was about The Martian. That makes me sad. It doesn’t mean I won’t read the next thing Andy Weir publishes, but I’m not going to be so quick to pre-order it next time.
Ok – let me start right here. This is no “The Martian: The Sequel”. It is a completely different story done very differently. I’m guessing there will be A LOT of people who think that’s what they’re getting and get very disappointed when they get this instead. Which is sad, because this really is a very good book.
Jazz lives on the moon, in a city called Artemis. Named after the moon, of course. Travel between the moon and earth is consistent, and the moon has become a vacation hot spot for people of all types, though the only ones that afford to live there year-round (other than those who work there) are filthy rich. She is a smuggler, and works offloading cargo ships as well. When one of her smuggling regulars asks her for a shady job, her first inclination is to say no. Then he names his price, and she runs with it – she has a specific goal she’s saving for, and this will clear it and then some. But that’s when things get crazy, and the book takes off like a rocket (put totally intended).
This book does have a few puzzle pieces missing. There are some choices that Jazz makes that will obviously be very bad ones. There are a few things that will happen that readers will see coming. Having said that – the book is a fun ride from beginning to end, even *with* those puzzle pieces missing. Jazz as a character was interesting, particularly as it would be difficult to create a character more opposite from the one in Weir’s first book. The science sprinkled throughout was a little harder for me to understand than in the first book, but for those who appreciated it then – you will appreciate it here as well.
Overall, if readers go into this book just looking for a good read, then this might fit the bill. Again – it’s not The Martian, but it has strengths and weaknesses all its own.