Artemis - Andy Weir

Staff Pick

The Martian was quite literally a stellar debut, a smart sci-fi read that left no potato unturned in its quest to depict realistically the near-future of space travel. Marrying a convincing futuristic vision with compelling characters and a gripping narrative is a challenge for the genre, but Andy Weir does so effortlessly in this eagerly-awaited follow up. The titular city, Artemis (Crown, $27), is the only settlement on the moon, and its daily existence as a scientific hub and low gravity playground for the rich is a testament to mankind’s ingenuity. Readers would expect Weir’s science to be impeccable, and naturally it is, but he refuses to get swept up in grandiose depictions of his creation. Instead, it’s revealed piece-by-piece through the pragmatic eyes of “Jazz,” a lowly worker (and smuggler) whose hardscrabble life is far removed from the decadence of Artemis’s elite. When made an offer she can’t refuse, what begins as a classic crime caper unfurls into a conspiracy with wider implications for the entire city. As the plot races along, the details of lunar life firmly ground this novel; from the spacesuit design to the moon economy, Weir’s artfully crafted world feels like it’s only a quick rocket ride away.

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ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 14th, 2017