[ARC] Artemis by Andy Weir

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5stars

Attack of the Moon Woman Who Made Bad Life Decisions.

Title: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Expected publication: November 14th 2017
Number of pages: 384 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Artemis is on the Moon!!!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it has everything.
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you loved The Martian you will love Artemis.
Rate: 5/5

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ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a review – This review will contain many quotes but zero spoilers.

Artemis was so much fun to read and plenty interesting. I love a good sci-fi book and if the mc is funny but not in an overwhelming kind of way, then I’m hooked from the start. Guess what? I was hooked from the very first page! I fought to get an ARC because I loved The Martian; I couldn’t miss another book like that one, right? I was such a fool to let two whole months pass from receiving the ARC to finally reading it. Such a fool, shame on me!

“Oh, poor billionaire,” I said. “Maybe you should have some moors installed so you can pine on them.”

Now that I have read it, I can very much say that I loved it; loved the concept, the characters, the heist, the twists, and how easy was to read it without being a scientist. I recommend it more to science enthusiasts, though, because it has many terms that may confuse or bore most of the people I know so, if you’re not in awe of everything scientific, then maybe this book is not for you.

I had this bad habit of checking my bank account every day, as if compulsively looking at it would make it grow. But the banking software wasn’t interested in my dreams.

Jazz is a wonderful main character. She is fun, she is a rebel, and she is extremely relatable. She lives in the poorest part of Artemis. Did I mention that Artemis is the only city on the Moon? On the freaking Moon!! Can you believe how cool is it to live on the Moon with only 1/6th of the Earth’s gravity? I loved everything about Artemis; it seemed like magic but at the same time it all seemed so possible it was incredibly enchanting. I was dreaming with my eyes wide open.

“I’m sorry, but this isn’t my thing,” I said. “You’ll have to find someone else.”
“I’ll give you a million slugs.”
“Deal.”

Let’s go back to Jazz: she is a Saudi-Arabian 25-year-old girl, she works as a porter, and she is a criminal. Not a dangerous one, though. She smuggles things from Earth to sell to a higher price to Artemisians. Let’s say you miss smoking and it’s forbidden to smoke in Artemis because it’s flammable, then what do you do? You call Jazz, place your order, she emails her friend on Earth and, tadah, you have your very expensive cigarettes and you can smoke on the Moon, hopefully without setting the whole city on fire killing everyone inside.

The city shined in the sunlight like a bunch of metallic boobs. What? I’m not a poet. They look like boobs.

Jazz needs money and she’s been presented with the perfect opportunity to gain enough money to live like a queen possibly for the rest of her life. She can’t turn it down even if it’s dangerous and she risks being deported to Earth where she hasn’t been since she was a little girl. She is not an Earthling anymore; she is a 100% Artemisian.

How dare you call me lazy! I’d come up with a scathing retort but, meh, I’m just not motivated.

The story doesn’t lack twists and many of them involve side characters. I knew things weren’t going to be as they seemed at first, but some twists got me totally unprepared. I love a story that doesn’t put drama just for the sake of it and the twists are well managed so that the story doesn’t drag pointless for too long. The story flows perfectly with all its obstacles. Jazz, her inner monologues, and her interactions with the side characters make this story captivating. Once you start reading, you won’t want to stop until the end.

“You are unmarried and have sex with many men.”
“Yes, I’m quite the harlot.” Her son, Isvan, had banged more dudes than I ever had. I resisted the urge to tell her.

I can’t and won’t say much about anything else. I found myself rooting for Jazz from the start and I wanted to see how her crazy self was going to manage all the crazy things she wanted to do to have a better future and to redeem herself from all the bad decisions she’s made in the past. This is a charming story and it’s told perfectly. I loved it and if you loved The Martian as much as I did, then pick this book as soon as it’s released and read it.

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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“I’ll spend the rest of the evening enjoying a potato. And by “enjoying” I mean “hating so much I want to kill people.”

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Why you should read this book: science, space, POTATOES!

Mark Watney was on Mars for a mission with his crew when a sand storm surprises them leaving him wounded and alone on the planet. He doesn’t have a way to tell Earth that he is alive and the mission only had a numbered quantity of food so the chances of surviving aren’t very high. Mark has to use all his skills because he isn’t going to give up and let Mars win!

As you can see from the picture of this review I read this book in Italian because I found it very cheap in a supermarket and I couldn’t say no to a bargain. I bought it back in august and just put it in my library without starting it right away: I knew there was going to be a movie based on it but I didn’t know when so I thought I had time. I couldn’t be more wrong! Last Thursday my sister asked me if I wanted to go to the movies, I asked her what movie she wanted to watch and she said “The Martian”. I couldn’t believe that I allowed the time to pass so quickly! I didn’t want to watch the movie before reading the book so I challenged myself to start it and finish it before Saturday night. I have never finished a book in so little time. Well, I did it! I finished it Saturday before lunch and, guess what? We couldn’t go to the movies! We are going this Friday! I can’t wait to start comparing the differences and make a long summary to whoever is going to go with me! I’m not sorry!

What to say about this book. It is fun, smart and page after page you find yourself rooting for Mark and his survival. You know he can do it, you have no doubt he will do his best to win against everything this planet is throwing at him and believe me, there will be a lot of things thrown at him, not only by Mars!

“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.” 

LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”

We don’t get to know Mark’s background, we only read his log entries and what’s going on in his mind day after day. His log entries are almost always about problem-solving so we get to know how he thinks and how he faces the difficulties of his situation. Mark is an ingenious and a hilarious man, I don’t know how much I’ve laughed reading his entries, they were brilliant: Mark is a clever man and I love him (you will, too, when you’ll read this book).

“WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.).”

All those days alone on Mars, repairing everything that broke, inventing new ways to survive and discovering “The marvelous 70’s” through disco music and tv shows thanks to Commander Lewis’s obsession. At least he had something to watch, listen and read or else he would’ve gotten mad in a week!

When I read about the movie and looked up who was going to play the characters I was surprised to see a lot of famous people for the Ares 3’s crew. In the book they don’t appear much, we don’t get to know them either, just their roles on the mission and a little bit about their personal lives. I understood that was because the book was based on Mark’s entries, his day after day life on Mars and on NASA’s mission to bring him home.

So many things I want to quote, I could quote the entire book! I won’t so I will finish this short review with one of the most important lines Mark wrote in one of his entries:

“Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”


I read they left the “The Lord of the Rings” reference in the movie and that there is Sean Bean in the room when they say it. They left out a lot of things but kept that one. I can’t wait to watch it!

Do I recommend it? Yes, if you like space you will love it!
Rate: 5/5

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