Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara wants to get rich. She has a job, but living in Artemis (a moon colony) is expensive. To make extra money, she smuggles contraband. Trond Landvik is a big-shot billionaire with a plot to get even richer. Jasmine signs on, with a promise that Trond will pay her one million slugs (about $150,000 USD).
Landvik's get-rich-quick scheme fails, but not before O Palacio, a Brazilian mafia group discovers their plans. When Trond gets killed, Jazz learns that this is about a lot more than cons and smuggling. O Palacio is trying to get its hand on ZAFO, a promising new fiber optic cable. ZAFO will make lots of money and everyone wants a piece of the action. Jazz is trying to keep O Palacio out of Artemis AND steer clear of the government because of her other misdeeds. This is going to take some sacrifice and heroics - is Jazz up for the challenge?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
I personally liked this book very much. It is very interesting and has a plot that clearly shows Jazz's development as a character. Readers will relate to her struggles of not being successful. There is an overall theme of trying to be - but sometimes not - on the right side of the law. Some of her jokes were overly forced.
As a self-established science enthusiast, I enjoyed the various science references. The science jargon i cleverly inserted and simplified so that it is understandable, even to readers who don't have a deep science background. I will admit that they did get a bit tedious at some points.]
Overall, I give Artemis 4.5 stars for its compelling plot, character development, and Weir's trademark science. This book is very good, but I think The Martian was better.
Jazz is an engaging character and readers will enjoy the adventure she takes them on. Those who like crime stories, suspense, and/or science won't be disappointed.
There is violence, profanity, and sexual references in this novel. Although it has an elementary-audience reading level, it is intended for readers who are (at a minimum) in high school.
This science fiction novel set on a moon colony weaves in a suspenseful crime story.
Although set in the future and on a moon colony, the challenges and choices Jazz face are ones that readers can relate to. They can make for some interesting discussions: how do readers judge her actions - are they justifiable? Should there be "mitigating circumstances"? Should past crimes be forgiven? Etc.
14 and Up
14 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Borrow. Science and science fiction fans will enjoy the suspense and fast-placed plot.