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Artemis by Andy Weir

By Pamelascott

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

Artemis by Andy Weir

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 listener's right alongside Jazz, matching her step for step on every lunar inch of her pulse-pounding journey.

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[I bounded over the grey, dusty terrain toward the huge dome of Conrad Bubble]

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(Audible Studios, 14 November 2017, 8 hours 57 minutes, audiobook, # popsugarreadingchallenge 2019, a book set in space, bought from @audibleuk)

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I loved Weir's novel The Martian when I read it last year. So I had high hopes for Artemis. I was not disappointed. I loved this book. I'm a fan of first person narratives so loved the structure of the book. The book is a bit slow at first but quickly becomes intense and builds up and I was quickly hooked. Artemis is fast-paced, thrilling and a bit crazy at times especially when Jazz realises she's stepped unwittingly into something unpleasant and has gotten into some deep shit she didn't expect. Jazz is a great character, tough, feisty yet with a gentle side. I thought she was great. The quality of this audiobook is impressive as well.

Artemis by Andy Weir

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