Top positive review
Weir’s wit and humour is here just like The Martian
9 January 2018
Andy Weir’s 2nd book, a heist-gone-bad thriller, on the moon! I was sold on this!
This is the story of Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara. She’s a porter in Artemis, the only city on the moon. Artemis is a cosmopolitan city in the true sense, with a population of about 2000 people. People from around the world are on Artemis into different professions. The problem is that those people have turned professions into tightly knit clans or unions. The twist here being the clans are by the countries you least expect. For example, Kenyans have almost total control over the space travel (and by extension, have a strong influence over Artemis), Brazilians look after an Aluminium smelting factory, and surprisingly the Saudis have taken over the welding industry (hardest for me to believe). Jazz is born to a Saudi father, but considers herself citizen of Artemis more than a Saudi. She gets mixed up with the wrong people and has to find a way out.
Weir’s wit and humour is here just like The Martian. The protagonist is a smartass, both in terms of her intellect and her filthy/funny attitude. But unlike Mark Watney, Jazz is a flawed character. She has her share of fuck-ups (what? I’m allowed to use this while writing about an Andy Weir book). This is mostly a straightforward story with nice Sci-fi concepts.
The reception of this book up till now (Jan 2018) is pretty divided. While some people find this an absolutely fun experience, others have a certain disdain for this for some reason. May be they expected another The Martian, which it definitely isn’t. It’s more of a traditional Sci-fi story written nicely. A breeze to read.