Artemis by Andy Weir – A Book Review



Ever had a bad day? Try having one on the moon…

WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.

So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…


Author: Andy Weir

Publisher: Ebury Digital

Release Date: 14/11/2017

Pages: 320

Genre: Science Fiction

My Chosen Format: Kindle

My Rating of ‘Artemis’: 4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon UK, Amazon US



I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher.

Artemis is Andy Weir’s much anticipated 2nd novel and follows the story of Jazz Bashara (smuggler extraordinaire). Much like ‘The Martian’ it is a stand alone tale. Much like ‘The Martian’ it is set in space. This time Weir takes us to the Moon instead of Mars.

Weir had A LOT of hype to live up to coming off of ‘The Martian’. Was ‘Artemis’ as good? Simply put; no, it was not. But it was a good read. It just didn’t come close to reaching the same level as The Martian, in my opinion. 

It had every chance of almost reaching such lofty heights, only for the author to stumble at silly hurdles. One such hurdle was when Jazz needed to know a certain bit of info. The reader is suddenly broadsided with the realisation that she has a photographic memory that extends to knowledge of tv shows she hates and hasn’t seen. Little things like that happen throughout and really lessen the ‘oh my god, I don’t think there’s any possible way this can be averted’ moments that were so enjoyable in ‘The Martian’. It almost feels like the author is trying too hard at points. 

That being said, ‘Artemis’ is well written, as one would expect from Weir, and laced with science, also as one would expect from Weir. 

The pacing of the story is good and, those annoying little stumbles aside, there is more than enough to keep the reader eagerly flipping through the pages. 

My only other negative is that some of the characters don’t read like adults at some points, or at least their dialogue doesn’t. That could just be me being overly picky. 

As you can see from my giving it a 4 out of 5, there is plenty on offer to keep the reader entertained. So long as you do what I did in accepting ‘The Martian’ is done and dusted, and treat ‘Artemis’ as the totally unrelated standalone that it is, you should enjoy it. 

It leaves me anticipating future work from Weir and wondering where in the cosmos, if indeed he sticks with space and sci-fi, he will take us next.

18 thoughts on “Artemis by Andy Weir – A Book Review

  1. How about ever had a bad week? (Sorry I really had an incredibly bad week). But back to this review. This is now the third time I have seen this novel reviewed this week. So far the reviews are two positive, one slightly negative. Not a bad score if you ask me. I really enjoyed the movie of the Martian, but I never read the book. I’ll probably start with that one first, and then follow up with this one. Now if only I can find some time somewhere, that would really be great 😂😂 As always: awesome review! 😀

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      1. Hmm, with me it’s a bit of a combination of things. Work is bad, but a very good friend of mine is just not doing so well, and I’m very worried about her. It just occupies my thoughts way too much.
        Sorry to hear your work is making you have a bad winter. I hope things are going to improve for you soon.
        The best audiobook ever huh? Wow, that has really made me curious 😀

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      2. The narrator’s style and timing, alomg with Andy Weir’s witty writing is just amazing.

        Sorry to hear that. Treat yourself to somethimg completely relaxing like a sauna/steam room session. Anything to help take the edge off.

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      3. That really sounds awesome. Hope to find some time to check that book out at some point.
        Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it. I will do my best to find some relaxation. Hope you will be able to do the same. Take care 😊

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      1. I am terrible and have NOT actually read the Martian! Haha! But I did pick Artemis for my Book of the Month pick, so I hope to get to it soon!

        I’ve been well! Finally happy to be home and not traveling every other week! Currently just stressing over all the books I have to get to before the end of the year! Haha!

        I hope you’ve been well! I missed you! ❤

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      2. I am very well, just over worked. Recently got promoted at work so long hours and less reading 😦

        I’d highly suggest trying the Martian audiobook. It’s the best audio book I have ever listened to. Ever 🙂

        Where you been travelling? You need to Travel to the UK 😊

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  2. Great review, sir! I haven’t read The Martian, but I did see the movie (I caved in!). I’m on the verge of making Artemis my first experience with this author’s writing, but the issues that some people have raised, even you, regarding the young adult’ish tone scares me. It’s the last thing I need in an adult scifi! 😛

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  3. I agree it’s a very good read but it wasn’t as good as the Martian, I also gave it 4 out of 5, now I need to get off my butt and write up a review too.

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