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review 2018-10-17 06:38
Artemis, Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I seem to remember reading a lot of reviews expressing disappointment with this book when it was first released, but, whilst not perfect, I thought it was actually a big improvement on The Martian, even if our protagonist is only a female criminal version of Mark Watney.

 

It feels like Weir learned an enormous amount about novel writing between the two books; character development, differentiation and impact on plot are all enormously better. The plot is, by comparison with The Martian, a sophisticated and not entirely predictable thriller, holding more interest than purely survival/engineering problems.

 

That's not to say there aren't still flaws - Weir's love affair with exposition explaining how everything works is still somewhat out of control which makes for a first third that is slower than necessary. Some of it could be cut and explained in the relevant plot moment (because it is, causing a repetition) or just cut altogether because it's never relevant.

 

There's some clumsy moments that include details you just know are going to be super plot-crucial later - not well disguised despite the barage of similar details. The protagonist at times verges on being unsympathetic and the reaction of the general populace to her actions during the denouement seems not entirely realistic.

 

There are much worse novels by much more experienced novelists than this, however and if Weir can carry on learning he will become a really good writer.

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text 2018-10-16 04:33
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 305 pages.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Getting exposition heavy; too much time explaining moon colony engineering, not enough advancing the plot.

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text 2018-10-15 16:57
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 305 pages.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Imagine a female criminal version of Mark Watney from The Martian and you're not far off Jazz, our protagonist.

 

PS. I really, REALLY want someone called Jazz to have twins and name them, Rhythm & Blues.

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review 2018-08-05 10:31
The Martian - Andy Weir

Book Blurb: I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed.

 

What I thought: Loved it, loved it, loved it. Even with my limited knowledge of science (especially, chemistry) and space travel, I found the book entertaining as well as educating and thrilling. By the way, The Martian has the best opening lines I’ve come across lately: “I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion.” This set me right into enjoying the adventure with Mark Watney on Mars. One of the things the protagonist says in the book is that “he’s going to science the shit out of the planet” and he did – the book is very sciencey, but it didn’t hinder me to enjoy the book over all. I won’t remember half of the science stuff that Mark did to survive on Mars (well, maybe the fact that he grew potatoes using his own shit, eww! :D), but the humour and the intelligence of the book will have me coming back to it time and time again. It is also a different kind of book: it’s the first book I’ve read in years that does not focus on romantic relationships or solving crime/murder, but focuses purely on intelligence, professionalism and working together to achieve a common goal. My verdict: a must read to all. Even you don’t get the science part of it, The Martian will leave you feeling positive, even hopeful.

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review 2018-05-06 20:37
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir
Really enjoyed this book! Glad I picked it up at the store! :)
 
 

 

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