Artemis by Andy Weir

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.

Artemis by Andy Weir
Published November 14, 2017 by Crown Publishing Group
Format: Netgalley e-book; 384 pages
Science Fiction/Mystery
Also By This Author: The Martian
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Thoughts:

Very rarely do I get excited about new release books. Normally I wait at least a year to see if the book can live up to its hype, but there are a few authors I make an exception for. Andy Weir is one of them. I read The Martian in 2015 after the movie was already in production, because I had heard so many good things about it and it sounded like the type of book both my husband and I would love. It ended up being my favorite book of the year.

So when I found out Andy Weir was publishing a new book this year about a female smuggler on the moon, I was stoked! For the moment I only have an e-book copy courtesy of Netgalley, but you can bet I’m going to get a hardcover copy because the cover is gorgeous, and it will sit nicely next to my lovingly worn paperback copy of The Martian.

About Artemis! The first half of this novel felt different from The Martian. Our main character and narrator, Jazz, is a 26-year old citizen of Artemis, the only city on the moon. She is also a genius, but she chooses to live the life of a smuggler, despite everyone else’s opinion that she could be doing something extraordinary with her talents. Andy Weir takes a while to describe the city of Artemis, the way it works (it’s run more like a corporation than a government), and the people in it, and it’s easy to get used to Jazz’s smart-alec personality.

The second half of the novel brought me back to the summer I read The Martian, when every chapter it felt like my own life was hanging in the balance. Jazz is a master problem solver, and sometimes she’s a trial and error learner, which creates a lot of anxiety for the reader! Toward the end of the novel, every chapter had at least one everything is screwed and everyone is gonna die moment, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Artemis was both a technical science fiction novel and a murder mystery story. The characters Andy Weir created were amazing and very realistic. Jazz has some great friends; my only qualm was that I wish we got to actually meet Kelvin.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Published November 6, 1939 by Collins Crime Club
Format: e-book; 264 pages
Classics / Mystery

Also By This Author: Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder at the Vicarage
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My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Thoughts:

Last month (I think it was last month, I’m so far behind on my reviews!) I read Agatha Christie’s most famous book, And Then There Were None in an entire day. I seriously could not put it down. This was my second Agatha Christie novel and I’m so glad I finally read this one because I loved it!

The author’s introduction had me intrigued from the start. I tried to be extremely observant so I could figure out some clues along the way, but I did not want to discover “whodunnit” before the big reveal. I thought it would be more suspenseful that way, and it was! Although I did not guess who the killer was, I did have some inklings along the way. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Read This Book If…

…you enjoy reading books that keep you on the edge of your seat.
…you’re into mysteries, especially murder-myseries.
…you like stories that are told from multiple points of view.
…you love thrillers!

Final Musings

The biggest reason why I wanted to read this novel was because of the recent BBC adaptation starring Aidan Turner (of Poldark fame) among some other lovely actors such as Sam Neill and Miranda Richardson. The adaptation itself was very spooky and even more suspenseful than the book, which surprised me since at that point I already knew what happened. The story reached the same outcome, but the means the miniseries creators took to get there differed slightly from the book. But it worked very well, in my opinion.

I have yet to watch any other adaptations but I was very satisfied with this one. Here’s the trailer if you’re interested!