Artemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was great. I’ve read the Martian before (another book by Andy Weir) and totally loved it; in fact it’s one of my favorite books ever. This one stacks up pretty well, not was good as the Martian obviously, but still it was very interesting. I liked all the science and how seriously the book took its readers, even though by around 2/3s of the way in, I was getting a bit confused by the chemistry. What I mean by taking its readers seriously is that Andy Weir does not dumb down the book for people who might have a harder time understanding it. He did the same thing to the Martian and that is partially why I think I love it so much. The author is able to explain complex subjects flawlessly for readers who might have a harder time understanding them and his science actually works. If anyone is interested in being left on Mars or accidentally gassing a small city they should have this guy on their team. Something that was not going for this novel though was the main protagonist’s voice. Jazz was hilarious, someone I would want to be best friends with, but her voice sounded a little off. During the first few paragraphs of the novel I was confused as to if she was a girl or a boy because Jazz isn’t gender specific name. Still, I got used to it as the pages went by and by the end of the novel I wasn’t even noticing the oddity. I also really liked the twist at the end… Well… I say ‘twist’ but anyone who really knows there science probably figured out what was going to happen, but I, a lowly not science-smart person for lack of a better name, didn’t see it coming even a few seconds before it happened. This was also another part of the novel where Andy Weir’s science skills were shown off; the explanation he gave for the anesthesia made perfect sense and totally worked for me. This is something I really value in books, explanations that work well within the world. Lastly, the one thing I did see coming was Jazz and Martin (a.k.a. the Ukrainian science guy, whose last name I cannot spell). I predicted that they were going to get together by the end of the novel and I think they’ll make a super cute couple. I just have to say again that the science in this novel was so well written, from Artemis’ wall structure, to how they pulled off the melting on the smelter… It was just so good! Great book!
This book completes the ‘Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.’ requirement for the Goodreads summer reading challenge because it won the 2017 award for best science fiction. Bravo!

Good as gold: Read a book that won a Goodreads Choice Award.
Continental drift: Read a book set on every continent.
The book is better: Read a book being adapted for TV or film this year.
Wheel of format: Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read in (­a graphic novel, poetry, a play, an audiobook, etc.).
Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.
New voices: Read a debut novel.
Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit