‘Artemis’ by Andy Weir is Out Now

The much-anticipated Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir — famed author of The Martian a few years ago — is now available for purchase. Before you ask, no, this is not a sequel to The Martian.

Sure, both novels take place in space in the not-too-distant future and each one features a sarcastic, clever protagonist, and they both delve into lots of nerdy technical details that will please hardcore sci-fi fans, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Rather than being a survival tale on Mars, Artemis is a heist story set on the moon.

From the book description:

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 her 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 riskier than the first.

This is a fun read you can probably crank through in a matter of days. It’ll probably make a great summer flick of its own someday (which I hear is already in the works).

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