Artemis, by Andy Weir, starts out as a bit of a heist book. Set in the first city on the Moon, Artemis follows Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara as she navigates her life as a porter, her sideline as a smuggler of contraband, and her disapproving father. One of Jazz’s smuggling clients offers her a sabotage job with a huge payday, but as you might expect, it goes sideways in a hurry. She gets caught between the Moon’s government and the mob in the midst of a conspiracy that has implications all the way back to Earth.
I enjoyed this book. I haven’t read The Martian, but I enjoyed the movie (it is one of my son’s favorites). Jazz is perhaps not as likable as Mark Watney, but there’s still plenty of plausible space science (and space welding, which at least one of my followers will enjoy) and intrigue to go around. Artemis is a quick read that should satisfy people who can deal with Jazz’s smart-ass-ness and enjoyed The Martian. Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy.