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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller - a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Bringing to life Weir's brash, whip-smart protagonist is actress Rosario Dawson (Marvel's The Defenders, Sin City, Death Proof). With the breathless immediacy of one realizing they're one cracked helmet visor away from oblivion, Dawson deftly captures Jazz's first-person perspective – all while delivering sarcastic Weir-ian one-liners and cracking wise in the face of death. And with a cast of diverse characters from all walks of life calling Artemis home, Dawson tonally somersaults to voice Kenyan prime ministers, Ukrainian scientists, and Saudi welders. It's a performance that transports listeners right alongside Jazz, matching her step for step on every lunar inch of her pulse-pounding journey.

©2017 Andy Weir (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Everything you could hope for in a follow-up to The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won't be able to put down." (Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One)
"An exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride…. one of the best science fiction novels of the year." (Booklist)
"Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all – a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science." (Library Journal)
"[A] superior near-future thriller.... Weir leavens the hard SF with a healthy dose of humor." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Narrator Rosario] Dawson makes Jasmine sound like the lovable rogue she is.... Dawson makes listeners care about a diverse cast of characters with quirky mannerisms." (AudioFile)

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Formulaic

The Martian was a book while reading you thought this will make a great movie some day, Artemis on the other hand feels like it was written for todays movie audiences as a forethought.

With a great concept, Weir falls short with his heroine, he shows us plenty at how technically astute he is but not so at writing from a woman's perspective, which made the protagonists development weak, leaving less empathy for her actions. The overly ambitious plot has too many holes in it to make Artemis more than just ordinary and to me it had a chance to redeem itself but Weir opted for more of a hollywood ending.

Rosario Dawson has a wide range and delivers a solid performance but the stereotypical accents of some of the characters does not seem accurate for people living in the most diverse city ever.

Artemis just tries too hard not to be The Martian and ends up becoming more like Die Hard on the Moon .

120 of 133 people found this review helpful

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A Book I Truly Wanted to Love

Andy Weir has shown once again he is a master at researching and building a truly amazing sci-fi universe. Unfortunately, his dialogue is juvenile and his story boring. Scientific details aside, the book read like a pre-teen thriller. The characters were all one dimensional and dialogue was appallingly simple. The story was boring at best and read more like a screen play than a rich, deep, and enthralling book.

I honestly wanted to love this book. There is a lot of good substance here, and I hope Andy finds the time to take everything he’s learning to write a book to truly remember. For now, it looks like all we’ll get is a book perfectly suited for a 90 minute movie.

56 of 62 people found this review helpful

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A ferrari with no motor

On the outside, everything about this audio book looks good. The much anticipated sophomoric novel from breakout sci-fi author Andy Weir read by Rosario Dawson is a great preface in itself. Add to it the promise of the first moon colony, some corporate espionage, a lone wolf heroine saboteur and the possibilities are endless. Then it just sits there. And all the aspects that could make it great are that much more annoying. Dawson does a fantastic job narrating. The problem is the characters have no depth, the storyline is swiss cheese and the dialogue is juvenile to an infuriating level. The protagonist delivers wannabe witty sarcasm endlessly and has hardly any likable moments. Humor falls flat at every attempt and there are many, many attempts. Very disappointing. The science is interesting but that can only go so far. If you're looking for the best sci-fi and you haven't done it yet, check out The Expanse series.

270 of 305 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining; Fun Moon Adventure; Not the Martian

Based on the reviews I've seen, I would suggest listening to this BEFORE the Martian, otherwise, you might be somewhat disappointed with Artemis. If you have read the Martian, I would suggest dialing back your expectations for this one and just try to enjoy it versus comparing it to another one of Weir's books. Sure Weir is very talented - but this isn't Martian 2 - there is going to be some variations on characters, plot, etc. Not every book by an author is going to be spun gold perfection. And it is hard to follow up the success of something like the Martian.

For one, you are not going to be nearly as sympathetic to our protagonist, Jazz, as she is not a stranded scientist struggling to survive until help arrives. Jazz is an under-achieving smuggler hustling her wares within a tiny community of 'loonies' (don't call them that they hate it) colonizing the moon in a cluster of acclimatized spheres [Artemis]. She's lived there nearly her entire life, has a few interesting social connections, and is laboring in near-poverty in hopes of paying off a debt/righting a wrong that has her and her father on the outs.

There is a lot of science, moon, and some space travel stuff to geek out about - much of it sounds rather plausible. But I didn't nitpick, I just tried my best to enjoy the book.

Some bark about the idea of the producers hiring a famous voice to narrate the book when there are plenty of extremely talented voice-actors who could have done a 'better' job. Sure, I agree there are plenty of very talented people who could have read this - they could have treated it like an audio drama and hired a full-cast. Regardless, I think Dawson captured Jazz's brash, rude personality rather well. The other characters, at times, did blur a little, but her overall performance was listen-worthy.

I enjoyed this book. I hope you do too.

122 of 138 people found this review helpful

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Disapointing

Let me start by saying that the Martian is one of my favorite books. I didn't think Artemis could possibly be as good but I still expected something solid. Unfortunately Artemis just disappoints. The characters are very thin, the plot is not even average. I honestly never really cared what happened to the characters. The whole book felt lazy. Unlike the carefully crafted details of the Martian, this just said "pass" every time the writing got hard. It does not even feel like it was written by the same person.

If you are buying this book because you loved the Martian, I would say, just skip it. There is so much better Sci-fi out there.

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I was surprised at how mediocre this was

I became a huge Andy Weir fan when I read "The Martian" and later the short 6 minute story called "The Egg". I was so excited for this new Andy Weir book. The first 3 hours I hated it. It was boring, and nothing was done to bring the reader into the characters, especially the main protagonist. After that, the book picked up the pace. It's a short book, so throw out the first 3 hours and it's really short. However, it still amounted to nothing more than an average sci fi story. Had this been my first Andy Weir book, I would have never read another. The reader was good, but her inflections of the main character's voice would not have been the choice my mind would have gone to if I had read this instead of listening. Some of the time she had this so called street smart girl sounding like a dumb valley girl. I could not get into this one. Not at all.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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The opposite of the Martian...

One of the things I really enjoyed about the Martian was a main character who dealt brilliantly with unfortunate circumstances that were caused by forces out of his control. By contrast- Jaz - the main character in Artemis- is totally responsible for one mess after another. Artemis is a story about a supposedly smart person who consistently make very stupid decisions. Jaz attempts to solve each of her problems (which she largely creates) by creating situations that are worse...and each disaster is worse than the last. She’s a liar and a thief - and while she’s very creative in her solutions she is a destructive force in her own life. Not a fan. I listened to Artemis because I enjoyed the Martian so much. If I had listened to Artemis first I doubt I would have picked anything by the same author.

42 of 49 people found this review helpful

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High Hopes...Sub-par Story

The story fell quite short of the expectations I had going into this book. The characters as well as the main inner dialogue was lacking in a lot of ways.

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Love Sci Fi, but not this.

As a Sci Fi nerd and a teacher who hears ALL the 4 letter words ALL day long, listening to this book was like being in class with my freshmen. Cussing and creating ridiculous drama for no apparent reason. Would not recommend - even to cussing, dramatic freshmen.

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  • christina
  • Camano Island, WA, United States
  • 11-26-17

Not so much

Difficult not to compare to The Martian.
The characters were bland at best. Anytime a man writes from a woman’s POV it’s never quite right. I liked where it took place and how that might look in the future. Narrator was too affected. I’ll still read his next book. Sorry to be a downer but this was not great.

27 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Sam
  • 11-21-17

Hmmm...

Written from a female perspective but is tone deaf in the details; reads more like a male fantasy of the way that a woman thinks and there are some really cringey bits. So...she is a hot, genius, welding, space engineer, smuggler, sci-fi tv geek, who can turn her hand to literally anything and has a smokin’ body: it just got really annoying to read someone’s teenage fantasy of a cool woman rather than a nuanced, developed character.
I loved his first book but this one just drove me crazy and the plot was rather dull, because an arsehole (sorry: anti hero) attempting to commit a crime is not as gripping as someone trying to save their own life by escaping from an impossible situation.
The narration was good - Dawson gave the character as much credibility as she could.

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  • Simon
  • 11-15-17

Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

As The Martian Mark Watney was a real star of a character, his struggles and internal monologues really brought his whole situation to light. He was one of the elite, in the space program and with multiple degrees to his name. Jazz is the same in that she also indulges her narrative in the same low humour but she's progressed a lot less and through rather more dubious routes. If you buy into her you'll likely buy into the story.

This is a fast-moving sci-fi crime caper that gets increasingly out of control as it goes along. It's fun, it's laden with interesting science which I won't try to validate because cleverer than me people are still debating The Martian! I do think Weir lets himself go just a bit more with this one and the final part of the adventure does stretch things a bit but not any more than many authors do.

I'm quite shocked, genuinely, to read some early critical reviews of the narration. I think Dawson is an absolute star in this. She delivers Jazz pretty much perfectly for me and the other characters are easily distinguishable. If you have doubts listen to the audio sample of course and come to your own decision but I'd definitely recommend giving it a chance and not being put off even trying!

So, maybe not quite the all-time classic that The Martian was with of course the great RC Bray but definitely a highly entertaining read if you like this style of humour. Sure, the story has some weaknesses but I still found it thoroughly entertaining.

28 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris Wilkinson
  • 11-16-17

Brilliant listen

I dont understand the bad reviews.
I have listened to loads of rubbish on here lately and was pleased to have a great book to listen too for a change.
Rosario does a fantastic job with the characters and I totally get the plot.
shes offered a get rich quick scheme it all goes tits up and she has to think on her feet for life or death.
BRILLIANT.
well done Andy weir and well done Rosario Dawson you had me hooked from the start.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-16-17

A Woman antihero to love


Jazz Bashara is a character that is not afraid to guide its audience and explain what is happening while living a very unorthodox life in low gravity but full throttle, all the main characters in the story are female and strong, the men are secondary but well described and instrumental to the story, also there is one Canadian and some one American tourist with one line but the rest of the cast is from countries not commonly mentioned in bestsellers except as cannon fodder or evil villans; very refreshing because Andy Weir humanises them and even makes them humorous.
A good plot with a very likeable character and cast that runs like clockwork and entertains while keeping you interested in what is an alien environment.
This book is a good read for anyone even those that don't enjoy science fiction because it is a character-driven plot and the environment is explained with ease and in what a pear to be a very natural way.

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  • Jamie
  • 11-19-17

Predictable

The story seemed like it had promise, but every step was predictable, nothing to make you think.

The narrator did a good job with the material, but overall I found this book very disappointing considering the hype audible gave it.

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  • Katrina
  • 11-27-17

Think it won't be as good as the Martian ? Think again!

Liked the Martian so downloaded
Brilliant ! Not so much science fiction as science fact - great story rooted in reality in an unreal but possible Space city. You don't need to like science fiction to love this - Rosario Dawson is brilliant too - gutted it has finished !

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  • Paul
  • 11-20-17

Not as good as The Martian

It was ok, but The Martian casts a large shadow, it’s hard not to compare premise, realism, narration, humour, protagonist etc and find Artemis lacking.

I likely expected too much, but hoped for science fiction that didn’t lean on the tropes of distant future technology/infrastructure - no matter how well backed by scientific theory - when the authors previous work had tapped into the realisation that an amazing story can be told without too much hand waving, and leaves the audience believing the authors world is one they could live to see and be in.

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  • Ben Moss-Woodward
  • 11-17-17

A book about living in a vacuum that doesn't suck.

I don't get why some people have been giving this only one star. Yes the main character has many failings. However the storyline is compelling and the last half of the book I could barely put down. To be honest I am now hoping for a sequel...

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-06-17

Great listen.

Really enjoyed listening to this book. The author has maintained the same level of detail as he did with the Martian with another great story underpinning all the technical delights. Also really enjoyed the narration one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. And I’ve listened to a lot.

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  • Fiona
  • 12-02-17

Lots of fun!

I very-much enjoyed this audiobook. It's a fast-paced lively story that keeps on developing and twisting, so engaging from start to finish.
I enjoyed the characters and the narration, and would thoroughly recommend this book!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig
  • 11-18-17

Well it's no "The Martian"

I loved The Martian. I have listened to it at least 7-8 times over the years so naturally I expected a lot from Andy.

I feel that no book was ever going to be able to follow The Martian. Will I listen to this book 7 more times....no. Probably won't ever find myself listening to it again to be honest. But I didn't dislike it.

I found 50% of the book just felt like filler. The pen pal story telling was just mostly nonsense and barely added anything to the story. It had a very predictable character arc for Jaz. But it was easy to listen to it in long spells and it was not a long book at all.

Rosario was competent at her narration, though her accents were horrible but didn't make me want to stop listening.
I look forward to Andy's next book.

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  • Tim
  • 12-04-17

Disappointing...

Sadly a weak story and lacking respect to science.... Well read though.... A waste it could have been good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-17

Great book

Andy weir is an incredible writer and this book was great. The voice actor was superb and I couldn’t stop listening from the start.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-17

great easy listen ideal for holidays

This is a wonderful addition to the Andy Weir collection. Perfect for SciFi and action lovers alike. would recommend!

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  • Karina
  • 12-13-17

Fun Read

I enjoyed this mostly but some of the thought processes of the female main character were,... well, a male author making reference to the way the main character looked as a female from a male's perspective. Women don't really say some of the things Jazz says about herself and that took me out of the story on occasion.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-17

Excellent!

Great story that kept me intrigued from start to finish. Rosario Dawson does an amazing job bringing the characters to life with unique voices/accents making it easy to tell them apart.

Highly recommended.

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  • Alison Zahra
  • 11-22-17

Fantastic Follow-up

The Martian was always going to be a tough book to follow up. Artemis is well written with much of the style I loved in The Martian. The humour and technical detail are very much in the same style.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-20-17

big let down

the story was silly and the protagonist was frustrating and annoying. i felt the story was rushed.

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  • Tony
  • 12-17-17

good fun

fun story, good performance, great setting. the action didn't really work that well in audiobook form

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-18

Nice follow up to The Martian

Unique and well thought out story, some character motives were a bit questionable at times though. Excellent attention to technical details as can be expected from this author, also the setting and plot feaures were very plausible. Last few chapters felt a little rushed, so it felt a bit on the short side (if comparing directly with The Martian).