(Book Review by Melissa Delport)
Andy Weir, best-selling author of The Martian, returns with his highly-anticipated second novel, Artemis…
A clever title, considering that Artemis is the goddess of the moon in Greek mythology, but in this case, it refers to the book’s setting: Artemis is the first and only human city on the moon. A near-future thriller, the story takes place in the late 2080s and is told from the point of view of female protagonist Jasmine ‘Jazz’ Bashara, a 26-year-old porter who supplements her meagre income by smuggling in contraband items for the lunar elite.
Jasmine is of Saudi Arabian heritage, but she has lived in Artemis since the age of six. She is also a constant thorn in her father’s side; an independent, spirited young woman who walks a fine line between doing the right thing, and doing what’s best for Jasmine. Jasmine’s inner monologue is a delight to read and her criminal behaviour is easily forgiven because of the motive behind it.
When Jasmine is offered a get-rich-quick job, she jumps at it, but she soon finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and conspiracy. Unfortunately, it’s not only her life at stake, and so, with a motley crew of characters, she plans to pull off the ultimate heist… in one-sixth gravity, of course.
Weir’s style is easily recognisable throughout the novel, as is his signature love of all things scientific. Entertaining, fast-paced and action-packed, Artemis is another great offering from an author who has certainly made his mark in the sci-fi genre.