Artemis by Andy Weir Book Summary
The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.
Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
That’ll have to do.
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
Artemis (Andy Weir) Book Reviews
Loved it!I actually wasn’t expecting it to be as engrossing as it was but I laughed out loud several times and couldn’t put it down. Keep em coming Andy!.SMS1961Score: 5/5
Another solid read…Similar to The Martian, well-written, entertaining, and humorous. Weir does a great job of breaking physics and chemistry down for the lay person..HgvbffbfgbfgbdtgbtgbthnhdtScore: 5/5
Good quick readI found this book quite enjoyable, great read and moves fast... missed plenty of bus stops while reading it..CaertaScore: 5/5
Good Book with Some General FlawsThis book has the same feel of The Martian, but seems to go past Andy Weir’s original novel by incorporating more detail in Artemis. This book is great, and for the $3 I got it at I can definitely say it’s worth it. Aside from price, there are a few general flaws with Weir’s writing. In instances it sounds overwhelmingly emotional, with heavy action scenes a good chunk of it too. If these two principles were balanced throughout the book I would think there was nothing else to say. This is a great book, and is by far worth the price..KeroseneMainframeScore: 4/5
Creative and funI love the way his mind works and how he creates. Fun read..BoocrScore: 5/5
Martian is why you’ve heard of ArtemisI really enjoyed the book “The Martian.” I read Artemis with low expectations because Martian is a tough act to follow. Also my hope is that if my expectations are low and the book exceeds them I will enjoy the book more. Unfortunately this book didn’t even meet my lowered expectations. The only reason anyone has heard of this book is because of the success of the Martian. If this had been Mr. Weir’s first book I don’t think anyone would have ever heard of it. The ending especially felt like one of those crappy movies that had to wrap up all the loose ends in a couple minutes cause the studio ran out of money..Senior InterestedScore: 1/5
Such a thrilling read!Huge fan of Andy since the Martian days, and I was worried Artemis wouldn’t live up to its predecessor. Boy, I was so happy to find out my fears were unfounded. While the theme of space is identical to the Martian, the story is fresh and just as thrilling. I highly recommend anyone who became lost in the pages of the Martian to pick up a copy of Artemis!.SJAndersonLAScore: 5/5
Simply awfulWhile understanding that commercialization window open with the Martian is not infinite, the author should be embarrassed to put out this kind of drivel.._KitanA_Score: 1/5
A fun ride but not a lot of depthEnjoyed it, but nothing like the depth of the Martian or competing lunar titles like Luna..Bam0130Score: 3/5
Not badThe first one was better, the Apollo 13 of mars. This one had its moments, but since the trials to overcome were mixed with technical and personal ones, it didn’t flow as smoothly. It wanted to be the Maltese falcon on the moon but kept getting distracted by technical problems the lead character faced..SemcoScore: 4/5
PablumWhat a let down..JuJuBoBoScore: 1/5
BoringNothing special about this story or the characters.Lauren BooksScore: 3/5
Loved itIf you loved The Martian then you can expect this to be a hit. The level of technical detail in his writing is what brings me back. And what’s not to love about a story based in a futuristic moon colony?.Z-griggsScore: 5/5
Great readThis book was extremely entertaining!! A fantastic read that you just don't want to put down. Great follow up to "The Martian".Not happy 1769Score: 5/5
Ugh...This book is just awful..RussianHotCakesScore: 1/5
A pressure dome of funVery well written.Its as much fun as “The Martian “,hell it is more fun.I know jazz is supposed to be of Arabian decent,I just couldn’t help myself from imagining jen Lawrence from speaking those words.she’d be great in the role for the film!.DEC5150Score: 5/5
AAAA great read..5mdlScore: 4/5
AwesomeI couldn’t put this book down, I loved the characters and the plot grew more and more intense and exciting. It’s scientific but not hard to understand, it’s futuristic but not too far from earth, it’s action packed suspenseful and funny all at the same time. I highly recommend it... I never write reviews but this book blew me away! I am not a bit Sci-Fi fan but this book might have changed that..DklaricheusScore: 5/5
GreatbookI love it kinda new for me!.KijoolScore: 5/5
ArtemisA good story but quick and short. I enjoyed it..EchograficScore: 3/5
Good book! Highly recommend!This book is very fascinating and I don’t want to give away spoilers so I won’t give any details but I’ll just say that Jazz is a very eye-catching character along with the other characters in this story. No problems at all. I read it in 3 days-that’s how good it was. I very much recommend that you get Artemis..Bunny_the_puppyScore: 5/5
Please write more, Mr. Weir!“Artemis” by Andy Weir. This is Andy Weir’s 2nd novel which I happily found out I’d missed when I read his 3rd recently. I loved this story as much as the other 2 of his that I have read. A third hit! I love his storytelling! “Artemis” describes a city on the moon and from there is more crime drama or mystery/thriller over science fiction. Andy Weir’s characters are very lovable, even though the main character in this story was not so much at first. She comes around though and I found myself cheering for her success to save everyone. The descriptions of the settings in the story reminded me a lot of Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” Both writers seemed to have similar visions of lunar cities based on the particulars of what humans would need to survive such conditions. I guess there are only a few ways to go to supply breathable air, water, food, and industry in the city to make having it make sense in the first place. Mr. Weir branched out from his science fiction base to ideas on politics and economics. Very interesting and the story was page-turningly exciting. I can’t wait for Andy Weir to write more..Rpc36Score: 5/5
Excellent ReadFun, lite, fast paced - little science thrown in for good measure..Poulin66Score: 5/5
Artemis is a great readCould not put it down. It’s a great read..BIG Redskin fanScore: 5/5
AmazingLong story short, I was trying to fix my sleeping schedule n decided to read this throughout the night. Ended up reading like 1/2 or 2/3 of it in one go. And it was so goddam good. Jazz is one of my favorite characters period. And the word of Artemis is so thorough and thought out that it comes to life. I enjoyed all the characters in it, even the “bad” characters. Loved all the references too (even though some I didn’t get). Really good humor and very interesting story. Highly recommended..Bezzina96Score: 5/5
Quick fun and detailedA great caper told from the instigator’s perspective as a strong resourceful female. Excellent story!.JwellingtonbScore: 5/5
GoodI enjoyed the book but was surprised by the harsh language..KB3POAScore: 4/5
Wow. Not good.I would recommend fans of The Martian to stay away. This is not a good book and feels like it’s written for a movie more than anything..Lance9999999Score: 1/5
A fun and interesting readThis book was more lighthearted, but no less science-based than “The Martian.”.KelthanScore: 4/5
This is a great one!I thoroughly enjoy everything about this book!!!!! Rich plot line and engrossing story- didn’t want to see it end.TrykoScore: 5/5
Fantastic read!Andy Weir proves with this book that “The Martian” was no fluke!! I love how he created this character who was flawed, hilarious and relatable. I had so much fun reading “Artemis”. I loved this book!!.Sapperj7Score: 5/5
Best Author, exciting storyAndy Weir has quickly become my favorite author. His ability to capture a characters struggles, thoughts and realism keeps you reading because it feels genuinely real. His stories are always exciting and never disappoint. I am so impressed by the level of planning and details that he manages to include in all his stories. Can’t wait to read more by him..John_doughertyScore: 5/5
No sophomore slumpGreat book, read it inside a week. I love Andy’s characters, so colorful and they have so much personality. As always Mr Weir has a lot of science, great page turning plot and it’s easy to follow if you enjoyed The Martian they you will enjoy this novel.👍.The Mother ShipScore: 5/5
I enjoyed itGood book..Cut woodScore: 4/5
Enjoyable readI was a big fan of The Martian. I started Artemis and couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the story and the characters involved. I almost want a sequel to check in on the characters. Can wait for the next book from Andy Weir..AggieHARKScore: 5/5
Just okayUnrelatable characters, predictable plot, forced science, and an even more forced romance tossed in as an afterthought! She’s smart because she just is! She gets the guy because she just does! The worst part for me, though, was the completely unrelated chain of emails, spread throughout the book, that could not possibly qualify as a sub-plot yet ended up having almost nothing to do with the main story either. The best thing I can say about this book is I finished it..Mitch007Score: 2/5
Amazing!I promised myself to read more and this being the first book I’ve read really motivated me to read more. The entire story, the way the characters talked, and the DETAIL! Perfection! Everything about this story had me on edge and excited for the next part. Five stars isnt even enough to rate this book!.RBNY>NYCFCScore: 5/5
Embarrassingly JuvenileBut for a generous serving of four letter words and plenty of sexual references (yet no actual sex!), this book would seem to be aimed at the not very discriminating juvenile reader. Jazz, the protagonist, is supposedly a 26-year-old woman, but instead speaks, thinks and acts as a bratty young teen, meaning way too much, not nearly enough and with endlessly poor judgment. The plot, such as it is, doesn’t stand up to even casual scrutiny. Worse than that, neither does the entire premise of this space-opera resort settlement on the moon, supplied as it is by chemical rockets from earth. There’s a Heinlein-esque flavor to this city-in-space setting, but without any future science to justify it. As in “The Martian,” the author gets critical parts of the science wrong too. The large scale moon base, with a couple of thousand permanent settlers, is dependent on a pure oxygen atmosphere. Has the author not heard of the Apollo 1 disaster of 1967, where a minor electrical fault triggered a catastrophic fire fueled by the capsule’s pure oxygen atmosphere, killing all three astronauts on board and ending the use of pure oxygen for space flight in favor of less dangerous pressurized air? Does he not know that smoking a cigar in pure oxygen, as he would have us believe one character does, would be like putting a lit firework between your lips? About as dangerous as welding metals in the dome, something else that plays a prominent part in this story. Finishing this book was a chore. Save yourself the trouble and don’t start it..NCM-IndianaScore: 1/5
EntertainingGood, yet not even close to "The Martian" level..RilopScore: 4/5
A little forcedThere was an attempt at creating a depth of character in the protagonist but it falls just a smidge short.JuJuP_OTBScore: 3/5
A good bookI really couldn’t stop reading this book. I was the same way with The Martian. I like Andy Weir’s stories. I will recommend to my like minded friends..SeapartzScore: 5/5
Great book! Don’t listen to the haters.This is an excellent book that shows the same depths as the Martian with a fun story about a fictional city on the moon. Reading other reviews it’s funny to see all the wanna be literary critics who can barely write a review trying to discredit this novel. It’s a fun enjoyable novel that incorporates a good amount of science that makes the reader think..MaverzScore: 5/5
ArtemisWhat a major, disappointing follow-up to The Martian. This is a Hollywood movie script masquerading as a novel, and a weak one at that. Silly cat and mouse story laden with way too many unnecessary technical details. Don’t waste your time. Andy Weir can do better..JelmediaScore: 1/5
A problem-solving heist film!Excellent. With 'The Martian', Andy Weir brought around the neat sub-genre of critical thinking/tech/problem-solving combined with science fiction survival. With 'Artemis' Weir has brought to bear the same tech problem-solving background engine to power a heist film genre story set on the Moon. It is refreshingly different angle to have a scoundrel for the main character (though not or everyone, after the very likable Mark Whately). I think I finished reading it in a couple of days. 'Marian' had the occasional disaster/crisis to punch up the action; 'Artemis', while a little slow at the beginning, picks up to pulling you along like an action film. I think Andy Weir hit the mark with 'Artemis' that Ernie Cline didn't quite make work with 'Armada' - a (non-)sequel that used best elements of the first novel (problem-solving, set on another moon/planet) and fitting them wonderfully into a new setting (Moon colony/city) and new story genre (heist film, fiasco) to come up with a surprisingly unexpected and fresh story. I feel 'Artemis' is as good as 'The Martian', which was a high mark for Weir to hit. Whether you like both equally is mostly up to taste. 'The Martian' is slower-paced, more thoughtful, with instantly likable characters, while Weir's new 'Artemis' is the fast-paced action film but more morally questionable main characters..GnarmScore: 5/5
Good book, not greatI liked the book but hated the ending..Scientist1Score: 4/5
Fun world, likable characters, interesting scienceIs it as good as the Martian? No. Did I still love it? Yes. I read it in two sittings. Aside from the humor, it is pretty different from The Martian since it’s not about survival but more of a heist story, but like I said it’s still great..CarrieslizzScore: 5/5
A good read on a winters day.Enjoyable reading. A tad intentionally confusing about the main characters age at the beginning but it got sorted out. Not sure it was necessary. Overall it was entertaining..Amigo73Score: 3/5
GreatA very fun read. It made me feel like I live on the moon..Superman no kryptoniteScore: 5/5
Flawed but enjoyableStronger writing than Weir’s first outing in The Martian, with impeccable speculative science fiction. But he’s still an enthusiast more than a novelist, and this book should be regarded primarily as a (worthwhile, excellent) piece of well structured science communication for anyone interested in the practical nuts & bolts realities of lunar colonies. Did you ever wish 2001: A Space Odyssey had spent even more time on worldbuilding its depiction of routinized space station hotels and livable gravity centrifuges? This is the book for you. The story is a lovely swashbuckling heist, with the expected Weirian knack for making airlocks-and-EVA-suits life or death drama compelling. But as with Martian, some—albeit fewer—character moments will make you wince. Don’t expect to have your breath taken away by soaring dialogue, nor your heart moved by genuine human moments evocatively rendered. The story is a vehicle for the aspects of the spec-fictional lunar colony Andy wanted to explore, and it does that ably. But he’s no Bradbury or Huxley—the human element such as it is very much serves the mechanics of the (inventive, elaborate, worthy) worldbuilding exercise, rather than the other way ‘round..Addi~Score: 4/5
Action, comedy and crimeJust what I needed to get back into reading for pleasure after a break. The main character is perfectly flawed. The story is compelling. And I love “hard” SiFi..BbookmanScore: 4/5
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DeeceNot as good as The Martian, but hits the spot if you’re into science/space stuff. Tough writing a story with a female protagonist as a dude - a bit of a tough sell at times - but hats off to Weir for taking on a worthy challenge. This could have read like The Martian 2, but it was totally it’s own thing - thanks for not trying to sell me on your sequel Andy, and thanks for not forcing me to imagine Matt Damon as the main character..Charles Edward CheeseScore: 4/5
GreatOriginal and fun to read..SupersonicclankScore: 4/5
It’s not as interesting as the MartianIt’s not as interesting as the Martian.Jms2005Score: 3/5
ArtemisGreat read, could not put it down.Frenchy2013Score: 5/5
Great book!If you liked The Martian, you’ll like this book too. Yeah it’s hard to get into at the beginning but isn’t that every book. With great character development and a killer plot line with surprising twists, this book is amazing!!.Knockoutpunch64Score: 5/5
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