Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis by Andy Weir“Artemis” by Andy Weir, New York: Crown Publishers, [2017]

Some of you might be familiar with the movie The Martian, which starred Matt Damon as an astronaut that has been stranded on Mars.  What you might not know is that this movie was based on the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir.  While the movie was pretty good, the book was excellent!  There’s only so much that Hollywood can do to turn a 369-page book into a movie that is about two hours.  The sheer amount of details that Mr. Weir includes about colonization, space travel, survival and more is incredible.  Since “The Martian” had such great success for readers and movie-goers, news of Andy Weir’s second novel “Artemis” was much anticipated.

As the first moon colony, Artemis has a fledgling population and economy that is run by the corporation that built it.  Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara moved to Artemis with her father when she was six-years old.  Lack of laws and a pension for get rich quick schemes has lead led Jazz to a life as a smuggler.  When one of her customers asks her to do a job that’s out of her norm for one million ‘slugs’ (lunar currency), she can’t help but accept.  Little did she know that this particular scheme would endanger the entire population of Artemis, embroil her in a murder investigation and could possibly change the entire future of Artemis itself.

Written from the perspective of Jazz Bashara telling readers her story, her personality and snarkiness make this an entertaining and often laugh out loud read.  In her mid-twenties and afraid to be deported back to Earth, Jazz skates through life just on the brink of deportation with her antics.  Hints of her past are revealed through a pen pal relationship that began when she was a child, slowly revealing how she became the young women currently enmeshed in life-threatening peril.

Andy Weir is a masterful writer with the ability to explain complicated subjects for anyone to understand.  The logic behind living in a colony on the moon all seems to make sense to the non-scientific or space minded reader, and detail aspects of day to day life make a future in space colonization seem all the more plausible.  A thoughtful and entertaining read that leaves readers admiring the way Jazz’s mind works and wanting to visit a lunar colony!

Susana Goldman is the Associate Director of Operations for the Alamance County Public Library.  She can be reached at (336) 290-8679 or sgoldman@alamancelibraries.org.