Weekend Rec: Artemis, Andy Weir’s Follow-Up to The Martian

Artemis by Andy Weir/Photo of author Andy Weir © Aubrie Pick

After a week of work travails, too-long commutes, and the various and sundry toils of life, weekends are the perfect opportunity for a literary escape. What better way to take a break from your day-to-day existence than by reading a near-future techno-thriller from a bestselling author?

Andy Weir crashed the bestseller lists in 2014 with The Martian, a taut dose of speculative thrills and gallows humor centering on an astronaut stranded on Mars after a botched mission. His 2017 follow-up, Artemis, takes the action a bit further into the future and onto the moon. Set on humanity’s first lunar colony, Artemis features Weir’s characteristic brand of surprisingly plausible technological advancements and speculative sci-fi all wrapped up in a thrilling heist caper. The story centers on Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara, a talented smuggler with a brazen wit who winds up roped into a can’t-miss scheme for the biggest payday of her life.

Here’s more on Andy Weir’s Artemis:

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. 

Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.

The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.

Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.

Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal. 

That’ll have to do.

Artemis is a page-turner set against a fascinating speculation on just what humanity’s first lunar city would like. With Weir’s wry, snark-filled sense of humor — as well as his engineering and technological know-how — on full display, Artemis is a perfect weekend read.