“I panted in my suit and suppressed the urge to puke. That was way the hell more exertion than I’m built for. An oxygen-deprivation headache took root. It’d be with me for a few hours, at least. I’d managed to get altitude sickness on the moon.”
So I received an ARC from Netgalley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jazz Bashara lives on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a delivery woman who does some mild smuggling on the side. Got to make a living somehow, right? That’s fine since Jazz Bashara is a bad-ass lunar woman on a mission to make half a million slugs, and nothing is getting in her way.
Confession time: I made it almost 10 percent of the way into this book before I realized that the main character was a woman. Which, honestly, I found kind of awesome. The focus of the book is more on the actions of the character and less about her having boobs.
So, Jazz is a petty lunar criminal from a bad part of town who gets a shot at a big job – where the reward would be life changing, but could result in her deportation from the only home she has ever known. Of course, the job doesn’t go as planned (Does anything, ever?) and hijinks ensue.
The narration of the book is very similar to The Martian. Honestly if I didn’t know I was reading Artemis, I would actually have thought I was reading an excerpt from Andy Weir’s first book. I enjoyed the sarcastic narration and joke-cracking of the first book, so this was a plus for me, but I would loved to have seen a BIT more variation in the characterization. So this is a plus for me, but if you did not enjoy The Martian, you may want to pass on this one.
Finally I have to say I LOVE ANDY WEIR’S SCIENCE. Most of the science of heat transfer is actually really well done. It was really nice to read an explanation of latent heat done correctly in popular fiction. The fact that he takes time to explain the science (And provide examples) is a huge plus for me.
sci-fi fans, fans of the Martian