Artemis by Andy Weir
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Artemis Audiobook by Andy Weir is the second novel of the laurate author of The Martian and he keeps moving in the science fiction genre with a great deal of accuracy and well researched and documented information reflected in the pages of the book or in the sounds of the audiobook.
The story is set in a not so distant future on a colony established by men on the Moon. Its leading character is Jazz Bashara a kind of criminal who happens to live in Artemis, the first and only city in the whole Earth’s satellite. Life in Artemis is a difficult one for a person who can hardly end meets; the only solution to survive in this place is by having money. No tons of money, but enough to be able to buy medicines, get decent food (and not only algae) and pay your dues and, especially your debts. It would help a lot if you are an eccentric billionaire or a rich tourist, but Bashara is neither of them, so for her life is full of smuggling in the routinely contrabands taking place in the city.
Jazz is trying to pay a huge debt that has been choking her for years and, out of the blue, a great opportunity to perform the perfect crime arises. She can refuse it, but she didn’t know all the trouble this was going to bring her. Her problems start as she gets involved in an attempt to take control of Artemis with a possibility to get out of that situation at a really high risk.
And that’s just the beginning of a fast paced adventure.
Artemis Audiobook by Andy Weir is a publication that saw the light as a printed material and audiobook the same month of November 2017. The second piece of Andy Weir, whose fame was reached by the success of his first novel The Martian, is a heist story taking place on the moon’s first city Artemis. The audiobook version takes 8 hours and 59 minutes to hear completely and it is narrated by Rosario Dawson who skillfully captures Jazz’s first person perspective with a perfect provision of the author’s sarcastic one liner and outrageously clever at the moment of facing death.
When compared to his first work, Artemis falls short in comparison, but it is a fun and very plausible plot of the possibilities of leaving in the moon. And that’s what precisely critics and readers/listeners appreciate from this work, the very certain facts described about the creation of a colony in the moon. Once again, Weir has written a science fiction piece with all the science support a good story of the genre should have. But beyond the fun and the great setting of the adventure, there is nothing else you can find there.
So if you are expecting to have a good time, this is exactly the audiobook you are looking for.
What are your thoughts on the book “Artemis” by Andy Weir?
Weir perfectly captures the atmosphere of the city and its unique history through the protagonist’s monologues.
The science in the novel is extremely plausible and thoroughly researched, with some minor inaccuracies. Weir’s in-depth, but simple explanation of the construction of the city, the welding process in space, and the smelting on aluminum makes this novel a fascinating read.
The only problem with this book is that the protagonist shares many parallels with The Martian’s protagonist. Weir could have represented a poor yet skilled 26-year-old Saudi Arabian woman to a much greater depth.