It’s been a while since I wrote a review here on the blog… heck, never mind the reviewing, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book for pleasure.
Today, I’m very excited to bring you my review of Andy Weir’s new book Artemis. As you may remember, the Martian was one of my favourite books of 2016, so you can imagine how excited I was to dig into this one!
Going into this, I was really interested to see how Weir dealt with a female narrator. I had a fear that Jaz would either be either ridiculously over-the-top badass or a bit pathetic. But I am happy to report that he struck a really nice balance. I’m not going to try and argue that Jaz isn’t just a female version of Mark Watney, but she’s a well-executed female version of Mark Watney, who wouldn’t love that?
Then, there’s the writing style, I was amazed at my mind’s ability to see the city, I really had a clear idea of what it looked like. It did take me a while to tell the difference between all the bubbles, but all in all, I felt that Andy Weir built the city well in quite a short space of time.
Also, if you’re one of the people (like my mum) who didn’t enjoy the Martian because of all the scientific jargon, this book is a lot easier to wade through. The jargon, although it’s still present, is drastically reduced in quantity and I even feel like the complexity of it is less. Essentially, my suggestion would be that if you liked the writing in The Martian you’re probably going to like this, but even if you thought it was overwhelming I wouldn’t let it deter you from trying this one out.
Hear me out, cause this next point is going to seem like a bit of a tangent, but I promise there’s method in my madness. One of the things I really didn’t like about the movie Gravity was the fact that it felt like everything that could go wrong, went wrong and then was solved by sheer luck or coincidence. However, not the case in Weir’s books, he’s very good at giving his action-packed novels an actual climax. Jaz is such a smart character that not only do some things go right for her (meaning it’s more surprising when things go wrong) but she also finds inventive/believable ways to solve her problems rather than things magically fixing themselves.
One thing that I think it’s important to remember is Weir’s crude humour, we saw it in The Martian and it strikes again in Artemis. Personally, I find it funny if I don’t think about it too much, but I understand it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, so you’ve been warned.
This may be controversial, but I’ve changed the way I look at diversity in literature this year and I no longer let it dictate what I read and what I don’t read. However, I still appreciate a well-represented book, and this was definitely one of them. Not only did I love the diversity amongst the characters, but also through the fact that it was Kenya who built the city of Artemis – it was a really interesting look at our world and about how things could change for third world countries if they were able to catch a break.
One last thing before I wrap this up, I’m writing this review the day after Trump announced he wants to organise another crewed mission to the moon to see if the surface is “useable”… is this book starting to feel like the future to anyone else?
Overall I gave this book 4/5 stars, it was a really enjoyable read and I’m happy to report that Any Weir hasn’t let me down yet. It wasn’t as good as The Martian, I’m not going to say that it was, but it would have been very difficult to replicate it’s success so I’m not sure you can hold that against it!
Sorry if this review was all over the place today, I guess what I’m saying is that…
- If you liked The Martian then I’d recommend picking this one up.
- If you thought the writing in The Martian was too technical, maybe give this one a try?
- If you’re not interested in space (not aliens, but space itself) then this might not be the author for you.
And that’s it! Let me know what you guys thought about this book (or The Martian) in the comments down below and I’ll see you tomorrow for more Blogmas fun!