Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Artemis" by Andy Weir


I'm best known for reading and reviewing books about Coastal British Columbia and off-the-grid living. But once in a while I break the mold and read science fiction (Wayne's favourite).

Several years ago we read The Martian by Andy Weir. At the time Weir was an upcoming independent self-published Kindle author, but was quickly picked up by a traditional publisher (Crown, 2014) and his book was transformed into a blockbuster movie.

The most recent novel by Andy Weir is Artemis (Crown, 2017). The setting is earth's moon in the not too distant future. Space exploration has resulted in a permanent colony near the Apollo 11 landing site at the Sea of Tranquility where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first touched down in 1969. Tourism is a large part of the moon's economy. Mining is another.

Jasmine (Jazz) is an entrepreneurial delivery person trying to break into the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Guild to offer high paying tourist trips on the lunar surface to the historic landing site. She fails her test, but has learned the specialized skills needed for surviving outside of the colony's protective structures.

Jazz was born on the moon and has transformed her delivery job into a profitable smuggling operation.

Links she has forged with the colony's business and political leaders draws her into a scheme that could either get her deported to earth (a sentence almost worse than death) or the savior of the fragile colony.


It was a fun, thrill packed read, especially on my Kindle with it's built-in light. That's the best way to read at the cabin during long, dark winter nights. Artemis is also available in hardcover, paperback and audible versions.

Do you read science fiction? What are some of your favourite books?


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10 comments :

  1. Sounds good. I liked The Martian, so maybe on your recommendation, I 'll give this one a try.

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    1. He is a good writer, knows how to keep your attention. - Margy

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  2. Great timing on this review with the super moon so fascinating us all!

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    1. I didn't think about that. We missed the big moon because of cloud cover. That happens a lot around here in the winter. - Margy

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  3. This does sound good! I used to read a lot of sci fi, but have somehow moved away from it. I'm not sure why! Anyway, one of my faves: The Gate to Women's Country by Sherri S. Tepper. I think I'll give Artemis a whirl. Thank you for reviewing!

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    1. You are welcome. Thanks for giving me a way to share my reviews on "The Book Review Club." I only started reading scifi because Wayne has purchased so many for our Kindle account. I enjoy the space exploration and colonization stories best. - Margy

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  4. Deported to Earth! I love that as a threat. It sounds like an entertaining novel. I grew up reading some sci fi since my brother loved it. I tend to prefer the books with good science so I should read something by this author. Did you prefer Artemis or The Martian?

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  5. We had too cold temperatures for moon watching!
    It's funny, you're such a skilled, practical, living off the land person, it never struck me that you'd like a sci-fi!!!

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  6. I loved reading the Martian and this one sounds just as good...:)

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  7. This sounds good. I haven't read much science fiction lately. I like Catherine Asaro's books.

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Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy