Artemis – destination, moon

artemisWeir, A. (2017). Artemis. New York: Crown.

After reading “The Martian” by Andy Weir, I had been highly anticipating the release of “Artemis”. Both books take place on our close terrestrial neighbors to earth and have characters with a type of humorous pessimism. As with Wier’s prior book, “Artemis” did not disappoint in antics by the protagonist that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The story centers around Jasmine Bashara who has spent most of her life living on the moon. Like most young adults she has made mistakes early in her youth. She is still making her way through some of the growing pains of young adulthood. Within her judgment, she gets entangled into some adventures that she doesn’t fully think through as a consequence of her decisions. A job turns ugly. For anyone that can reflect back on the craziness of young adulthood, the theme is relatable despite the story taking place on a fictional human colony on the moon.

As a woman and a fan of science is fiction, it is exciting to me when I see more representation of women protagonists in the genre. I give special props to male authors who broach this, as it could be more challenging as it may not directly relate to their experience. I think Jasmine was a pretty realistic young woman in this fictional place. Some of her recklessness and sarcasm could be viewed as more stereotypical of the young male population, but that’s not to say I haven’t met a young woman exhibit the same. At the back of the book there is a list of the different women editors and other woman in his life who helped Weir in writing this female character with accuracy. I appreciate the research that he put into this to get a good representation, rather than jumping in with assumptions.

At just over 300 pages, this is a fun read, that is packed with adventure and minimal on violence. The character is shining through with her humanity, even in this fictional place. I recommend picking up “Artemis” perhaps on a long weekend or for a good read on the beach this summer. “Artemis” will keep you on the edge of your seat and entertained from the cover till the end.

Colette Molteni

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