I finished reading this book this morning and have been pondering what I would write about it. I really enjoyed the book. It only took me two days to read it. My first time reading this author too. It was actually a little amusing when I finished the book and started reading the author blurb. I could not remember why I chose to read the book, but I think it had to do something with an article or announcement about it and how good it should be. I always like taking a chance on a finding a new author I can read, and it was available to check out at my local library, so I decided to give it a go. So when I get to the end and discover it was the author that wrote the Martian, I had to chuckle that I managed to read a book by Andy Weir without realizing it. The Martian is a book I’ve been meaning to read, but never got around to it.
I’m not sure how close the writing or storytelling is from this book to Andy’s first book, so I have nothing to compare it on. I liked Artemis specifically for a handful of reasons. First, I liked the main character. Jazz’s personality, quick wit, and offhanded remarks made me actually laugh out loud. The book was a very entertaining read. I’m also a fan of science fiction, so a story set in the near future on the moon was a perfect setting for the story. I didn’t know what kind of story I was getting because I also never read the book blurb. Next, Jazz wasn’t the only character I enjoyed. The whole cast of characters really helped tell quite the story. The Ukrainian guy (I can’t remember his name) was quite the character too.
So how would I sum up this story if I were telling it to someone else? I would say it is a sci-fi mystery and partial coming of age story. Jazz is a screw up and screws up which sets off a chain of events that she ends up solving. What made the story interesting is that it doesn’t start out being the type of story you think it will become. After about 25% into the book, I thought it was going to be one of those “I’m a screw up but can change” type stories. While it does have that aspect to it, I was surprised with all the other stuff that happened. Lots of action too, and I do love me some action!
You may have noticed a trend in my reviews. If the book can make me laugh and provide a good amount of action, I’m going to like it. If you enjoy a book that makes you laugh with plenty of action, then I think you will enjoy this book as much as I did. +1 for it being a science fiction book. That used to be one of my favorite genres, and I have strayed from it for awhile now. Glad to be reading that genre again.
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