First Thoughts: Artemis by Andy Weir

Like many others, I’m sure, I enjoyed The Martian (both the book and the movie) by Andy Weir.  I liked it more than I thought I would, actually, given that there seemed to be a distressingly large amount of science and math involved in the narrative plot.

I mean, the story revolves around Mark Watney sciencing his way to survival.

As an English person (I mean, I write books for crying out loud!) the thought of such a densely science-filled story left me wondering if I could keep up.

Which I did.

And I’m thoroughly glad that I gave it a whirl.

My first impressions of Andy Weir’s latest book, Artemis, follow that same line of thinking: I have no idea about any of the science stuff I’m sure to find, but it’ll be ok.  Andy Weir does a fantastic job of describing science easily, without the jargon and stuffiness associated with jargon hindering the average reader.  I love that kind of writing: how accessible, how open it is.  It’s something I hope to be able to do, one day.

In the meantime, I plan on learning from published authors, so I’m excited to give Artemis a go.

But I digress.  The reason I’m writing this is to give my first impressions before I start in.

So, in a nutshell, here’s what I’m looking forward to:

  • The accessibility of the science-heavy components (more from a writer’s standpoint than a readers, but oh well, there you have it).
  • The heroine (she’s a smuggler, for crying out loud.  I always love bad-ass women doing bad-ass things).
  • The title (as a lover of mythology, anything named after the Greek goddess of the Hunt deserves rapt attention!).
  • Morally questionable motivations (it’s nice to be reminded that we’re all human here, and sometimes, crippling debt is all the motivation you need).
  • It’s a con/heist story.  On the moon.  On.  The.  MOON!

There we have it, ladies and gentlemen.  The five exciting reasons why I’m going to dive into this book.  I’ll let you know, once I’ve finished, what my final thoughts are–so stick around for those.  In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to see Artemis yet, check out the blurb on the back of the book:

“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.”

I’m sure it goes without mentioning, but the image is kindly used courtesy of Crown Publishing.

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