Mooning Over Artemis!

*Received this book off Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Artemis-Book-Cover-Andy-WeirYou guys know the Martian was what started me off in the sci fi genre- so I couldn’t have been more excited about this book! And now I get to review it- yay!!

One of the great things about the way Weir writes sci fi is that he makes it accurate, without being boring. Not that I’m a scientist, but all the scientific terminology subtly woven into the story created a very realistic atmosphere. By the end I actually felt like I knew what it’s like to live on the moon- which was awesome- because who doesn’t want to know what it’s like to live on the moon? It didn’t feel like world building at all- it just felt like an authentic experience (so who needs moon tourism now, eh?).

Plus, Weir has definitely got the witty banter voice down. So even if I’m not selling you on the great setting, I can tell you I *loved* the humour. I will admit the main character has a very similar jokey manner to Mark Watney, basically making her a female version of him- but who’s complaining, because Mark Watney is awesome!

The characters were a bit of a mixed bag- some of them were better fleshed out than others, so a couple felt a bit surplus to requirements. I did really enjoy the penpal letters between Jazz and Kelvin though- they added a lot to the backstory and I genuinely got invested in them because of their interactions. More importantly though, I did think the addition of some actual antagonists was really helpful to the plot and added some much needed tension.

Because it was the slow build up (after a little false start) that gave me some pause with this book. But then, once it did get going, man, it got good- I mean, it’s a heist in space- a space heist! Again, what’s not to like? If nothing else, this was a fun romp on the moon. And speaking of which- isn’t Artemis basically the *best* name ever for this book? The classics nerd in me just really appreciates how super appropriate that title is.

Okay- enough gushing, my rating is:

4/5 bananas

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And this was published today- so you can get it right now

Have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

A Layman’s Perspective of The Martian

the martian*Taking a break from my tag week to tell you how great The Martian is!*

(and rambling on about how I don’t usually read Sci Fi)

Now this was a fabulous book. All the way through, I just kept thinking “YES!” It was fist pumpingly good. Honestly, even with all the rave reviews, I had not expected it to be as good as it was.

That’s probably due to the fact that it’s Sci Fi and therefore not something I usually read. But I was glad I gave it a chance. And, since my brain is not attuned to Sci Fi at all, all the twists and turns the plot took were delightfully unexpected. But these plot twists weren’t just surprising- they were also heart-warming insights into the nature of shared humanity and human endurance. Which was a beautiful. And I definitely had not expected that.

On top of all that- it was funny as well. The characters really shone through with the humour. In terms of the writing, I thought it was pretty solid. The only thing is, not being a massive Sci Fi nerd, I found myself skimming quite a bit of the super-sciencey bits. Although, even as a layman, I was entertained for huge parts of it, so I can’t criticise it too much for that.

Since I’m not familiar with the genre, there’s not much I can say about how it measures up in comparison to others like it, but I can tell you from a complete layman’s perspective that this is well worth reading. In fact, it reached for the stars, so I feel a bit funny awarding it bananas. Sorry I have no good puns for this, I’m all spaced out. (Did I mention I don’t read Sci Fi? Just kidding!)

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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How about you? Are you an expert than can give a more insightful interpretation?

Or are you a layman like me, but somehow swept up in this phenomenal book?

Let me know in the comments below!