Artemis by Andy Weir
My rating: five stars
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I started Artemis because my boyfriend had listened to the Audiobook and said he enjoyed it. I was also craving some sci-fi, and I am a huge mood reader, so I decided to pick this up. I decided to listen to the Audible version of this book and it was a really good Audiobook! I am slightly picky about what books I listen to, and this one did the book justice.
Likes: The main character is amazing. She is strong-willed, intelligent, and complex. So many people in her life bash her and think that she can do so much more with her life, but she stands up for herself and keeps doing what she wants. I am not saying what she does is good, but her ability to be so strong is admirable. Another thing I like about this book is how scientific it is. As an engineer, I enjoy how in-depth the author goes when describing things, while also making it to where I truly believe non-engineers will be able to understand what is happening. He goes in-depth but uses great descriptors to make it understandable. Another thing that I like is the complexity of the storyline. So many events are happening, and there are so many characters in play that it gets crazy. The story starts simple and it just blows up and becomes this big conspiracy and I love it. Props for an incredible storyline.
Dislikes: The only thing that I really disliked was a backstory that Jazz has with one of her ex-friends. I am not going to go into detail and spoil anything, but it just seems unrealistic that a best friend would betray her like he did. It was also bizarre that he was still trying to be friends with her and acted like what he did was completely fine. I don’t know, it was just weird.
Overall, even though I did not like the relationship with Jazz and her ex-friend, it was such a small part of the book that I am not deducting a point. I rated this story five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the main character, the story line, the complexity, and the different scientific aspects. I recommend this to anyone that likes sci-fi!