Arc Review: Artemis

Hi everyone! How are you? And how are your reading going? I’m slowly crawling out of the worst reading slump ever, the things are getting way better, lucky me, and so I’m reading again, yay! But today I want to speak to you about this book, that I finished before the reading slump struck me and that I liked a lot!

Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

ltyhaquTitle: Artemis
Author: 
Andy Weir
Publication:
14th November 2017
Page count:
305

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.

Let me tell you that sci-fi is not my cup of tea. I don’t like the genre and I have big prejudices toward sci-fi and I don’t know why. I mean, I know I am not a science fan, I don’t like spaceships and I don’t like the space, even. I don’t like the robots, you get the idea, don’t you? But I’ve read a couple of sci-fi books and loved them, so yeah… I can be not the biggest fan but I don’t know why I really turn my head the other way every time I heard “sci-fi”, but it’s so.

And if you’re asking why on heart I choose to read this book, you have all the rights. But I loved the first Weir’s book, it was a big surprise, but I loved it from the start to the end, so when I saw that he was writing a second book I was really, really happy! And I was even happier when NetGalley approved my request.

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And I was hooked up from the first sentence. Isn’t it wonderful? I have to be honest and say that this book is not good as the first one, even if I enjoyed it a lot. In this second book we know that we are reading fiction. Ok, that’s hard to explain, but I’ll try! When we are reading a novel we know very well that what we are reading it’s not true, it’s fiction, but while we are reading we believe that all that is happening on the pages is true, we really are there with our characters, in their time or in their world, are you following me? While, in Artemis, we know that it’s just fiction. Am I making sense to you?
I hope so. And this wasn’t a great thing for me, I like when I feel that the book is “real”.

And I think that the author would have done better with a male character. I loved Jazz, I really loved her, her sassy ways, her sarcasm and all of her, but sometimes she’s a little bit too much. But… oh well! I had to say that something is off with her, because it’s true, but she’s a great main character. She’s a rebel girl, sarcastic and self-deprecating, smart, clever, who seems to rub everyone the wrong way but that manage to obtain what she wants in any case. She’s resourceful, quick and strong.

And Artemis… it’s the first and only city on the moon. I don’t want to go and live there, that’s true (but I am not a space fan, remember?), but the city is so well described, even if not with Jazz words:

The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs. What? I’m not a poet. They look like boobs.

We have a great main character, with some secondary characters that have great potential, a great location and… a good story, fast paced and with some twists. I have to admit that, all in all, the plot it’s the weakest point of all, and that the ending is a bit rushed, but I loved it anyway. I loved the story, and it’s fast paced so you can’t be bored even for a second, and I love the happy ending, so I can’t complain.

Trying to make it short: I enjoyed it and I was hooked up from the beginning. It was really difficult for me to put it down and to do something else, it was so captivating! And the best thing is Jazz! You have to love her!

“I knew what I had to do—I just didn’t like it. I’d have to blow the remaining two at the same time.
Please don’t quote that last sentence out of context.” 

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And you? Have you read it? Did you love it? Or do you want to read it? 

Happy reading!
S.

12 thoughts on “Arc Review: Artemis

  1. aravenclawlibrary says:

    I haven’t read this but the cover makes me want too. I love simplistic covers with handwriting. I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I’m glad you liked it!

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    • susyscozyworld says:

      The cover is really singular, and different from all the other covers 🙂 And I think that it all depends on the expectations about this book, because it’s another thing completely from the first one, but I enjoyed the reading nonetheless 🙂

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      • aravenclawlibrary says:

        Yeah, I think that is were people struggled to like it. I think they expected something like his first book. Perhaps one day I will give it a try. lol.

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  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I haven’t read this book or any by the author yet but my friend loved The Martian so I gifted him a copy for Christmas 🙂 I sure hope he likes it even more than you! Too bad the ending wasn’t as great as the rest and that it was rushed…
    Wonderful review, Susy!

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