While I didn’t love Artemis as much as I loved The Martian, Weir’s writing was predictably (and pleasantly) fast paced and easy to read. Artemis is the tale of Jazz Bahara, a young entrepreneur living on the first city on the moon. She’s practically a native, as she’s lived their since she was six-years-old. Jazz may not be the most morally straight citizen on Artemis, although she keeps her word to the t. She’ll uphold friendships and working relationships until death, but boy can she hold a grudge.
This caper was unbelievably fun, and I can tell Weir had fun writing it. Jazz, our heroine (and simultaneously anti-hero) is the leader of this caper, and she often breaks the fourth wall. It’s almost as if Weir re-read the book, asked himself which parts felt unbelievable, and incorporated some witty humor around breaking the fourth wall into her character. In a way, it absolutely fits the bill for Jazz’s character, although on another level it almost felt too forced. In the end, however, that element of Jazz’s character was not enough to annoy me in my reading.
This book was incredibly light-hearted for such a dismal caper, and I felt compelled to gulp it down in large chunks. Humor fills most scenes, although it’s not the most family friendly humor. Very dark, sex related, crime filled humor. Again, at times the nature of this humor felt forced, almost as though the only way Weir thought he could write a female lead was to make her as wisecracking as possible.
Weir’s world-building is fun, and in my reading thus far, a very new experience. I loved playing around in this science-fictional world, as living on the moon (or another planet) is an idea my friends and I have been batting around recently. It’s timely, as we expand beyond what The Earth can hold in terms of human population, and I loved the economic elements that unfolded throughout the story. It rang true to my experience of the world, and what I often imagine might unfold when humans have to find alternative living situations on planets other than Earth.