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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Augmenting his limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the moon's wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city. By the best-selling author of The Martian.

& Taylor

Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the Moon's wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city.

Publisher: New York : Crown, 2017
ISBN: 9780553448122
Branch Call Number: SF WEIR 2017
Characteristics: 305 pages : illustrated ; 25 cm


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KevinELPL Mar 21, 2018

Fans of "The Martian" will love Andy Weir's second novel "Artemis." Better character development, corporate espionage, and spacefaring crime syndicates are stacked on top of an in-depth scientific exploration of what a moon base might actually look like. Weir has grown as a wr... Read More »

CircMary Feb 22, 2018

Loved the "world" he created on the moon but neither the story nor the main character appealed to me.

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Sep 12, 2018

OK folks, take a deep's fairly common for an author with an initial blockbuster novel to not live up to expectations in a second novel. So let it be with Andy. I'm willing to cut him some slack and await his third or fourth books, at whatever what future dates. Regarding this second book, our Moon is a difficult place, and I never felt that actions and difficulties with 1/6th gravity nor the abrasive dust were well-addressed or acknowledged. I did think it was interesting that Andy had Kenya as a major space power, based on its strategic location on the equator on the eastern edge of the African continent. In reality, given the expansion of the Chinese into Africa, if there is to be a Kenyan spaceport in the future, it will probably be under Chinese management.

Sep 11, 2018

Yikes. Why did he try to write from a female perspective? The constant cringe-worthy “jokes” made this almost unreadable. Kind of like reading amateur fanfic . Outside of the narration ad dialogue, however, the world he created is intriguing.

LibrarianDjaz Aug 31, 2018

A fun, quick read with more flash than substance and characters who could be a lot more fleshed out. It would make for a better movie than book.

Aug 30, 2018

I loved the Martian, and was really excited for this book.
I abandoned it after 40 pages. It's like he's never met a woman before. His descriptions of Kenya feel colonial and condescending. Even the science details, which I loved in the Martian, feel forced into the narrative. Some of his contrived moon problems have easy solutions, based on technology we already have.
Don't waste your time with this book.

Aug 22, 2018

I like this book. It was very different from The Martian, in that it was not a survival story but one of an established colony on the moon. The science was great, but I would of liked to a bit of better established and coherent plot. Never the less, this book has made it on to my list of favorites.

Aug 13, 2018

I really thought that this was going to be good read. It starts off well, and, then it gets progressively dull, and, then progressively unreadable.
The plot is thin, and, the only thing that I liked was the description about the lunar base Artemis. I really wish the book was more about sci-fi rather than Jazz Bashara, which, is not really saying a lot.
I really do not understood the hype of this book, possibly, the after glow from the Martian book.
A real dissappointment from Mr.Andy Weir... I guess reading the Expanse trilogy is a better bet than this.
Two stars is being a bit generous.

Aug 08, 2018

A diverse libertarian society in space. Some cool technical ideas, and varied characters - although really that's the weakest part. The diversity is clumsy and cliched, especially the gay jokes, but not too painful. It's lots of fun.

Jul 18, 2018

Although the plot was a little formulaic, Andy Weir does a great job of blending educational tidbits about manned space travel and exploration, with an exciting storyline. The pace of the book slowed down a bit in the middle, but picked up again near the end.

Jul 01, 2018

It's missing some of that amazing *Martian* magic, but *Artemis* remains a very good science fiction tale about a smart young woman working a menial job on a multi-cultural moon colony.

Jun 25, 2018

This was just the kind of science fiction I crave.

Jazz Bashara is a 20-something resident of the moon colony, Artemis. She isn't a scientist or an engineer, no she is a smuggler. Working as a courier between the bubbles of the colony she manages to eke out a living. Which is why she brings in some contraband to supplement her income

When one of her customers, a very wealthy business man, offers her a lucrative payoff for doing a crime outside her usual realm, she takes the job.

Of course, things don't go quite as planned, there would be no story if it did.

For me, it's not the caper itself that drove me to turn the pages. It was the setting. Artemis is essentially a frontier town set on the Sea of Tranquility, 40 kilometers away from the Apollo 11 landing site. The colony survives on tourism (a visitor centre is built at Tranquility Base) and by producing oxygen and aluminum from the regolith.

There is an aspect of Weir's previous book, The Martian, here too. When things go wrong, and lots of things do, the problems need to be solved one at a time. Sometimes fixing one thing breaks another. Which was almost comical but the stakes were too high for it be so. Solving the problems required skills, knowledge and teamwork.

And ultimately the story was about people rising above their current situations.

The dialogue was smart and sassy.

Artemis proves that Andy Weir will be with us for a long time, writing adventures and inspiring people to work toward a bigger future.

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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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