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Published by Audible Studios on 11/14/2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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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.
I picked up this audiobook as I really liked The Martian. In Artemis, the story follows small-time criminal Jazz and her life on Artemis, a city on the moon.
Overall, the story was pretty entertaining. There is a lot of science and explanation just like The Martian. The plot pacing is pretty good too. And the setting and world-building is rather nice. It is an interesting and well thought out take on what life would be like on the moon. Where it falls apart is really the characters. Most of the characters are rather flat, and the main character, Jazz, is rather immature and unlikable. While her adventures are somewhat entertaining, the reader ultimately has little investment in what happens to her. I think the main problem is that Jazz just never grows…the character doesn’t really get redeemed or anything else. And at the end of the day, not much of substance happened other than saving the city from a particular fate. I also thought the profanity was a bit too much in this novel…it didn’t add anything of substance. So I think the story is entertaining enough, but deeply flawed and somewhat unsatisfying. The narrator did a pretty good job though.