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Artemis
2017
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Characters
Jazz Bashara (Female), Porter, Lives on the only city on the moon; tries to pull-off the perfect crime
Genre
Fiction
Science fiction
Thriller
Fantasy
Topics
Survival
Heists
Criminals
Tourists
Crime
Conspiracies
Time Period
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  Library Journal Review

Weir (The Martian) returns to the hard sf arena in which he has proved such a success. Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara-voiced convincingly by actress Rosario Dawson-is a porter and small-time smuggler. It is through her eyes and first-person narration that the reader is introduced to Artemis, a near-future lunar city. Jazz, morally skewed, is determined to find a big score and pay off a massive debt denominated, interestingly enough, in Slugs, a lunar trade medium used to calculate the cost of lifting mass from earth. She is offered a million Slugs by an Artemis resident, billionaire Trond Landvik, to commit sabotage. She finds herself in the midst of a battle with a Brazilian crime syndicate and must depend on friends including her Arabian father, a Ukrainian electronics whiz, and a Kenyan administrator, all voiced dramatically by Dawson. VERDICT Recommended for fans of hard sf, Weir devotees, and those who enjoy a strong female protagonist. ["Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all-a smart plot, laugh-out-loud moments, and really cool science": LJ 9/15/17 starred review of the Crown hc.]-David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Jazz Bashara, the heroine of this superior near-future thriller from bestseller Weir (The Martian), grew up in Artemis, the moon's only city, where she dreams of becoming rich. For now, she works as a porter, supplementing her legal income by smuggling contraband. She hopes that her situation can improve drastically after she's offered an impossible-to-refuse payday by wealthy entrepreneur Trond Landvik, who has used her in the past to get cigars from Earth. Trond asks Jazz to come up with a way to sabotage a competitor so that he can take over the moon's aluminum industry. She develops an elaborate and clever plan that showcases her resourcefulness and intelligence, even as she continues to have misgivings about her client's true agenda, suspicions borne out by subsequent complications. The sophisticated worldbuilding incorporates politics and economics, as well as scientifically plausible ways for a small city to function on the lunar surface. The independent, wisecracking lead could easily sustain a series. Weir leavens the hard SF with a healthy dose of humor. Agent: David Fugate, LaunchBooks Literary Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p> The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon. </p><p>Jazz Bashara is a criminal.</p><p> 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.</p><p>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 her 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 riskier than the first.</p>
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