Another book by Andy Weir on space, of course I had to read it especially after how much I loved The Martian. Anyway, it is time for a review.
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 Jazz’s 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 more unlikely than the first.
Taken from goodreads
The story is what makes the book good, it’s not brilliant as you are able to tell what is going to happen very quickly but that still doesn’t mean it is not a really good read. When you get used to the character Jazz then you want to know more about her and what she is going to do in order to get all the money she needs, we don’t get told till the very end what she needs the money for, but we get to see her journey towards it. One part of the story telling i really liked was the email discussions between Jazz and a pen pal (Kelvin) this give us a lot of information about Jazz’s past that answered some questions that i had when other parts of her past would come up.
The characters are a different story, Jazz is a girl who doesn’t like being told what to do and wants to live her own path, she is able to master pretty much anything she puts her mind to hence why a lot of people tell her she has so much potential, but she hates everything about it. You might think this would make for an interesting character and at parts it does as you want to see what she is going to do with herself but in other parts it is just really annoying to find out when she gets complimented about her work she acts like she doesn’t care. One character i really did like was Martin Svoboda as he is a scientist who is in love with his job, but like a lot of stereotypical nerds the doesn’t know how to approach girls and it is great to see the relationship between him and Jazz develop as he slowly learns.
All the information given to us about the moon, Artemis itself and welding is fantastic, i should have expected to learn all the information especially after The Martian but it it been still a surprise how easily Andy Weir managed to fit in all the information yet still make an interesting story.
I don’t think this book is as good as The Martian but other than Ready Player One i have yet to find a book that is, still read the book as it is based on a really interesting concept with a good story and decent character development.