Thursday, June 28, 2018

Quick Pick book review: Artemis, by Andy Weir

  • Opening linesI bounded over the gray, dusty terrain towards the huge dome of Conrad Bubble. Its airlock, ringed with red lights, stood distressingly far away.

    It's hard to run with a hundred kilograms of gear on - even in lunar gravity. But you'd be amazed how fast you can hustle when your life is on the line.
  • Reason I picked up the book: I really enjoyed The Martian, Andy Weir's first book.
  • And what's this book about?
  • 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. 
    • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys books about space, science fiction, and/or action novels.
      • Favorite paragraph: I plodded through the maze of aluminum corridors to my home. At least it wasn't a long walk. The whole city is only half a kilometer across.

        I live in Artemis, the first (and so far, only) city on the moon. It's made of five huge spheres called "bubbles." They're half underground, so Artemis looks exactly like old sci-fi books said a moon city should look: a bunch of domes. You just can't see the parts that are belowground.
        • Something to know: Nothing I can think of
        • What I would have changed: Nothing.
        • Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
        • Where can I find this book? Click here to purchase on Amazon.

        *Disclosure: I received an e-galley of this book from NetGalley, for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

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