Artemis

Artemis

A Novel

Large Print - 2017 | First large print edition.
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The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.

Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity's first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she's owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can't say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions--not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can't handle, and she figures she's got the 'swagger' part down.

The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz's problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she's in way over her head. She'll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.

Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.

That'll have to do.

Propelled by its heroine's wisecracking voice, set in a city that's at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780525532101
0525532102
Characteristics: 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Andy Weir's followup to the immensely fun and thrilling The Martian the same blend of scientific reasoning and wit, but with a side of intrigue as he examines a prospective moon colony in the not too distant future. The audiobook--narrated by Rosario Dawson--is excellent.

Weir's second novel is different than his first. This is more traditional SF, less overtly geeky. But it's gripping, exciting, funny, and just as detailed. It proves that Weir is more than just a one-trick pony and he's here to stay.

“Weir’s second book does not disappoint! A fast paced adventure from start to nail-biting finish!” - Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library, Cartersville, GA


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danomcd
Mar 22, 2021

An amazing book! I can't wait to see them turn this one into a movie. This story easily will satisfy all readers. Please pick it up and give it a read!

SuJF Jan 10, 2021

Fun enjoyable read.

pacl_teens Nov 23, 2020

Artemis by Andy Weir, author of The Martian, is based on a 26-year-old woman called Jasmine Bashara (known as Jazz). Jazz lives on the moon at a colony called Artemis, and works as a porter and smuggler. She has dreams of becoming rich - or at least richer than what she is now. When she gets a chance to earn a lot of money, she takes it. However, she finds herself getting involved in a plot to take over the authority of Artemis and an assassin working with the conspirators starts hunting her. Jazz needs to figure out a way to escape the assassin and not get caught by the authorities while also saving the city with the help of some unlikely allies.

Andy Weir's second novel is an excellent follow-up to his first book, The Martian, continuing its interplanetary adventure/survival science fiction theme. The amount of research done for this book is immense and is incorporated clearly throughout the book. I also really liked the many bits of humor in the story. The plot of the novel was very clever and is upheld strongly with no breaks. However, Artemis contains a fair amount of harsh language and swear words. I recommend this book to people who enjoy the theme of adventure on celestial bodies. -Nikolai, Grade 8

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supernova_reader
Aug 13, 2020

Exciting book, read it in one sitting. Sometimes the narration was a little strange in a way that took me out of the story but the scientific details woven in and the interesting world-building kept me interested regardless. I appreciated that the author specified that members of the communities represented in the book weighed in on the character's feelings about her background. I am glad I waited a while after "The Martian" to read this one though, it needs to be read as its own story.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2020

Fast-paced, sarcastic, and suspenseful, Andy Weir’s Artemis is a roller-coaster ride from start to finish. The plot was riveting, and I had a hard time putting the book down. However... I didn’t love it. I found that at times, although I greatly admired her intelligence and strength, I couldn’t bring myself to root for the main character. Even at the end of the book, I don’t think she grew enough for me to want to revisit her. On a different note— what was unique about Artemis as a sci-fi novel is that the chemistry and economics behind the story actually made sense and were explained. Personally, I didn’t mind knowing the science behind the characters’ schemes, although much of it felt unnecessary or forced. Aside from this, Artemis was very well-written, with diverse, almost uncomfortably realistic characters, intriguing (if not particularly compelling) settings, and intricate plots. Although I didn’t enjoy Artemis as much as I’d hoped I would, I can absolutely appreciate the thought that went into it, and give it ⅗ stars. If you’re a fan of realistic sci-fi, breakneck twists, and loads of sarcasm, Artemis is definitely worth a read! @Ayama of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ToTheToaster
Jul 22, 2020

Great book with more details than most around the science. Written from a female first person perspective. Quick read (~305 pgs ~ 1day) and with the chapters linking nicely without any major jumps in time.

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arvind_hariharan
Jul 15, 2020

Outstanding science detail, partially eclipsed by meh characters and writing:

Back in 2016, when I was between jobs, I read Andy Weir’s The Martian. That book, among a few things, contributed significantly in rekindling my interest in Astronomy and Space, subsequently leading to several joyful hours of observing and imaging the night sky—not to mention several $$$ of equipment purchase. So I have special regard for Mr. Weir.

In Artemis, his second book, Mr Weir’s attention to science detail and science based problem solving in the plot, are once again outstanding. That of course, is the most important element—why else read sci-fi?—and the reason I give this book four stars. But he regurgitates what feel like the same characters from The Martian in a plot that is less compelling and in many ways ‘made for Hollywood.’

ArapahoeTiegan Mar 10, 2020

I listened to the audio narrated by Rosario Dawson. I did enjoy her style of narration, but I wasn't as big a fan of the story for Artemis. Set on the moon, there were some references to differences and restrictions for living on the moon, but I kind of wanted more. After reading The Martian and the level of detail in that book, I felt this one was just a little lacking.

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merritr
Feb 13, 2020

Artemis is Weir’s follow up effort to The Martian, his first book and one that was turned into the blockbuster movie with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The main character is Jazz Bashara, a non-practicing Muslim girl from Saudi Arabia who lives with 2,000 other humans in Artemis, the first and only colony on the moon. She’s a low-level criminal with a good heart, an amazing brain, a 100% smart-ass attitude.

This book reminded me a lot of The Martian and Ready Player One, in that they are sort of sci-fi/tech suspense stories. As a reader, I could tell that the female lead character was created by a man, and it was obvious throughout. It wasn’t any less entertaining because of this, but Jazz did seem to me to lack a little depth or nuance. She was a compelling main character, however, and would be a great lead character for a blockbuster movie.

I loved the time and effort Weir committed to creating a realistic world on the moon, addressing politics, economics, and a whole lot of technical detail. The build-up to the climax never really had me on the edge of my seat, however, and besides wanting to see what Jazz's new relationship with her father might look like, I didn't feel like I wanted more when the book ended.

4 / 5 Merritt Badges

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pinky0203
Dec 08, 2019

I quite enjoyed this novel. The author didn’t put in too much technical/scientific information. That may be interesting for some readers but I was just looking for an interesting story. Andy Weir definitely delivers with this one. And I also enjoyed the section regarding the economics of space travel. I would sign up for this trip myself if I was still around.

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Dec 06, 2017

A small-time smuggler living in a lunar colony schemes to pay off an old debt by pulling off a challenging heist. Weir wrote The Martian

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