Monday, December 4, 2017

[Book Review] Artemis by Andy Weir

Book Review of Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir was absolutely everything I was hoping it would be; it was humorous, action-packed, and a super fun read! I can't wait to see what Andy Weir writes next!

Artemis by Andy Weir

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. 

My thoughts:
Oh my gosh, Jazz Bashara was a hoot! I can see why her character may be a little much for some readers tastes, but I loved her! She was so sarcastic and had absolutely no filter. I really enjoyed all the situations that she got herself into, whether they were good or bad. I especially enjoyed her banter with Martin Svoboda, who was my favorite character in the book. 

That being said, I thought all of the characters were so wonderful! The main team were all very interesting to me, and all very different! Then the bad characters were also wonderful in their own evil ways. Overall, I felt that each of the characters were developed just the right amount for their roles. 

The writing was awesome. I thought that the plot was wonderfully paced and everything flowed really well. As I was reading, I couldn't wait to see what happened next! 

And for the fans of The Martian, I'm sure you all got a chuckle out of what this line made you think of: "Only an idiot relies on duct tape to maintain a pressure seal..."

Beware, the negative:
My only complaint is that a few things were repeated, but thankfully it wasn't enough to affect my rating. 

For example, the reader is told twice in a short span that the buggy was designed to fit someone in a EVA suit so they had room. 

There was also a case of repetition in another situation, but I thought it was handled perfectly; remind the reader about the technicality aspect, but add some humor to those that didn't need the reminder:
"Between the two hulls, there's a bunch of crushed rock (you knew that).

My favorite passages:
The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs. What? I'm not a poet. They look like boobs.

Black tea is the only hot drink worth having.

Five a.m. was a largely theoretical concept to me. I knew it existed, but I rarely observed it. 

Difficult times, my friend, but there is a path. There must be. We will find it.

I channeled my inner "dumbass in a horror movie" and walked back to the door. I opened it a crack and peeked through.

"Mr. Bashara?" Svoboda popped his head between us. "Hi, we haven't met. I'm Martin Svoboda. I'm a friend of Jazz's."
Dad shook his hand. "One of those 'friends with benefits'?"
"Ugh." I rolled my eyes. "I don't do that, Dad. This may shock you, but I haven't had sex with anyone in this while room."
"Well, it's a small room."
"Burn!" Svoboda said.

Only an idiot relies on duct tape to maintain a pressure seal...

My final thoughts:
I would definitely recommend this book to fans of action-packed space stories with a very sarcastic main character! I'm so antsy to see the movie; I think this will make a great one!

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite book set in space?


  1. The Martian was fantastic so I will add this to my TBR pile. As to your question "favorite book set in space" ... hmmm. Of recent ones, I like The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers ( a lot.

    1. The main character in this one is equally funny as Mark Watney, but she's also very different! So just a heads up there :) I hope you love this book when you give it a read!

      OH! The Long Way is on my Christmas Wish List! Fingers crossed my fiancé gifts it to me :) If not, I'll definitely have to buy myself a copy after the holidays.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I've seen some mixed reviews but I think your's has me convinced I will enjoy this. Seems we like a lot of the same things. I have never read The Martian (ducking head in shame) but hey, I do own a copy. I'm putting myself on the hold list for this one at my library right after I leave your blog!

    1. Yeah, I was SO nervous! I had only heard good things, so I bought it. But of course I then started seeing other mixed reviews...

  3. I loved The Martian, so I was really excited to see what Andy Weir did next. I love that the humor is there again! Great review!

  4. Yay! I'm glad you loved this just as much as I did! Great review, Erica. :)

  5. I liked this one a lot too! I just didn't LOVE it as much as The Martian, and I'm not sure why.

    1. I agree! I loved this one, but The Martian is on a level of it's own! :)

  6. This sounds interesting! I love the idea of life on other planets, especially Earth-folks finally managing to live elsewhere, so this seems like a book I would enjoy. Plus, main characters with no filter? Yes, please!

    1. Definitely!! I hope you love it when you pick it up! :)

  7. Great review, thank you for sharing. I loved The Martian but I didn't like this one... in fact I couldn't get through it. I might try again!

    1. Darn! I've been hearing that a lot. I can totally see why though! It's definitely not for everyone. I hope you have better luck if you pick it up again! :)

  8. I started checking this one out after it won the GR award. It looks like the award was well received. I'm a bit iffy on adult sci-fi because I can never keep up, so I think I would benefit from the constant repetition.

  9. Great review - yes, Jazz didn't gel with me at first but she grew on me and I just ended up really enjoying this.
    Lynn :D

  10. I loved the Martian but was personally a bit disappointed by this one :/

  11. I liked it, but it is definitely subpar compared to the Martian. I think clockwise it was fine. The problem with his books thus far is his dialogue between multiple characters remains juvenile. It worked in the Martian because it was one person's inner thoughts. In this all the characters seem to come from the perspective of how a teenager will perceive them to talk

    1. Voice to text didn't really work out very well for me on that post. Plot-wise, not clockwise.

    2. Ah yeah. I totally understand that! I'm so excited to see what he does next.