By: Any Weir
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 305
Synopsis: 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 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.
This review will be spoiler free
My roommate once again recommended this book to me (so far all of her recommendations have been great!). I had heard amazing things about The Martian so I was interested to see how this book would go. I am a big Michael Crichton fan so I liked that this was a very realistic science fiction story. I find scifi can either be too fantastical, or too bogged down by unnecessary explanation but this one had a great balance. I did find that it was a bit too rushed. With just about 300 pages the story itself spent most of the time setting up for the climax and not enough time with the fallout. I would have liked a little more time with the characters because I felt like I was almost connecting with them but didn’t quite get there. With another 100 pages or so I definitely could have gotten behind them.
Hard science fiction is an interesting genre, it is something you either love or hate (for those who are unfamiliar with the genre, hard science fiction refers to scifi that emphasizes scientific accuracy). I personally really enjoy it, and therefore enjoyed this book. i can see that if the factual elements don’t appeal to you, the story can feel bogged down by technical terms and background explanations.
The story itself was relatively simple, but its setting on the moon made it quite compelling, and I found myself really liking Jazz’s narration style and her sassy, tough-girl attitude. The book is short enough that if you want to dip your tow into this genre it is a good place to start!
Have any of you read this book? did you like it as much as The Martian? let me know in the comments.