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 Jazz’s 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 more unlikely than the first.
A heist on the moon.
A heist. On THE MOON.
A HEIST ON THE MOON.
A few years ago I read The Martian because my sister forcefully said I had to. So I picked it up, not knowing much about the premise apart from “dude gets stuck on Mars.” I was expecting it to be dark and intense. So imagine my surprise when it was, yes, intense, but also a massive sass fest with laugh out loud passages.
So, how can you possibly recreate that magic in The Martian? Answer: with Artemis.
Artemis isn’t as funny (though it’s still pretty damn funny), but dear god is it intense. The world building of Artemis — the only city on the moon — was crystal clear and thought out so well. I had no trouble following along with locations and the science-y explanations (well, some of the science-y explanations, but it was laid out that if you didn’t understand it, it wouldn’t take away from the plot).
With every heist story, you need a great cast of characters to pull it off, and we certainly got that. They worked well together (albeit, reluctantly) and all had a clear role to play to complete the job.
Leading the story is Jazz.
Jazz is a dick.
She’s an awful, selfish, petty smuggler and I love her. She isn’t a good person, but she has a good heart. Her motives are sketchy, but she has morals — even when partaking in illegal activities.
Even better than Jazz is Jazz’s father. Such a nice, kind, welder. I want an entire story about him. Please?
I knew I loved this book when one of the characters calls out another for saying Captain Kirk is a sex crazed womanizer (because he totally wasn’t and was actually pretty progressive and feminist for a TV show made in the 1960s).
Honestly, this book was so fun. It was so addictive that I prioritized reading Artemis over drinking coffee (I’m okay, I promise!)
Artemis is out in the wild, growing on bookshelves at a store near you! Why not take a trip to the moon?
Thanks so much to Ebury Publishing for providing a review copy through Netgalley!