Andy Weir’s «The Martian» was a real boom, especially after the movie starring Matt Damon. I admit that I only learned about the book after hearing so much hype around the movie. The novel was astounding! Emotional, yet incredibly witty. Mark Watney was a delight of a character to follow. Science, jokes, life threatening crises – it had everything!
It was very difficult to not compare «Artemis» to «The Martian», and I must say that this new book was not as good as the previous one. Still very entertaining and full of science, but something was missing.
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.
Jasmine Bashara, short Jazz, moved with her father to the only city on the Moon – Artemis, when she was just 6 years old. Growing up on the Moon can be very exciting, especially for someone as smart as Jasmine, but! Life is not easy, even on the Moon.
No matter how much I enjoyed this book, I had many MANY issues with Jasmine. Let me dissect things a little bit:
1 – She was incredibly lazy! Someone who’s goal is to be rich and get to this fancy dome in Artemis, without actually working for it. According to everyone Jasmine was smart, a quick learner. My question is: Why waste so much potential? Maybe it is something I will never understand, but apparently smuggling and being homeless on the Moon, while having all these amazing intellectual capacities, is a new trend.
2 – My second question would be: How come Jasmine knew so much about such a broad array of science fields? In «The Martian» it made sense that an astronaut, botanist and mechanical engineer, who probably spent many years preparing for his ascent to Mars would be capable of coming up with unconventional ways to survive in such harsh conditions. But Jazz.. I wasn’t convinced.
3 – Already mentioned in the point 1, but when your only dream is to earn exactly 456.789.00 (not sure if a correct amount but you get my point!) just so you can live in the fancier side of town, I don’t think we can be friends. Unless there is a way to expand your horizons!
4 – Jasmine was rude, stubborn and overall difficult character to love or root for. Maybe the humor didn’t do it for me this time around.
5 – And finally, Jazz was no Mark Watney, not even Matt Damon… Maybe Andy Weir should write more male characters instead… Or maybe that is what I expected from him, so the disappointment hit me even harder!
From all of these negative remarks you probably think that I hated this novel. WRONG! It was fast-paced and super entertaining! «Artemis» has an amazing plot. A city on the Moon! This was enough to get me excited! And besides the flaws of the main character, I really enjoyed this book.
⭐⭐⭐ / 5
Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, Del Ray for the free ARC of this book! Initially I gave it 4 stars, because Andy Weir writes one of the best Sci-fi there is and immediately after finishing the book I was still very hooked. After writing this review, I had to drop it to 3 stars – I finally realized how much I disliked Jazz!
Does it happen often to you to dislike the main character? If so, how do you usually deal with it?