Happy Friday, readers! You know what time it is. It's fiction time! This week, we're recommending "Artemis", written by Andy Weir. Weir is the author of "The Martian", whose film adaptation with Matt Damon was wildly popular. As well, he wrote "Cheshire Crossing", a book that chronicles the events of Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice, after their respective trips to Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland. His latest work details what it would be like to live in the only city ever built on the moon, and is consistent with "The Martian"'s space theme.
Weir's newest novel takes place in the late 2080s and is set in Artemis, the first and only city on the Moon. It follows the life of porter and smuggler Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara as she has the chance to drag herself out of essential homelessness by performing a heist. It requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. The mission calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions, but Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle. The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. 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. Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from author Andy Weir.
Thank you to the Massanutten Regional Library for providing a synopsis of Andy Weir's "Artemis", and to Paul Frankel, MRL Reference Librarian.