Already a huge fan of Andy Weir’s The Martian, I jumped at the chance to read an advance review copy of his upcoming novel, Artemis. At a glance, this is a story of Jazz, a tough, funny, resourceful young lady who has grown up in Artemis, a city on the moon. She makes ends meet by supplementing her day job with less than legal activities. She is offered a payday she can’t pass up by a wealthy fellow named Trond, who asks her to come up with a A really rich guys hires her to come up with a scheme to help him get a leg up on a competitor.
As with The Martian, I flew through this book, and I attribute that to three things, a fast-moving plot, enough humor to balance out Weir’s trademark level of scientific detail, and a desire to know more about this incredibly believable world he’s built on the Moon. My biggest criticism of the book, is that Jazz seemed like a female version of Mark Whatney in many respects, so I think Andy could definitely work on his range with character development. The good news is, I liked Mark Whatney so much, that I still enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend the book to fans of The Martian and look forward to the next Andy Weir book!