Rushing through the books at the moment and it was definitely a good idea to start with the books at the bottom of my stack of books (here).
I had listened to an interview with Andy Weir on Radio 2 with Simon Mayo, and thought that the book sounded good, but I forgot all about it. A few months later, me and my beautiful wife were looking for a film on Netflix and The Martian was listed as a new release. We watched it and loved it, with it’s mix of science and humour. The following week in Waterstones I remembered about the interview on the radio and bought Artemis. I then promptly left it languishing at the bottom of my stack of books.
I should have started this book the moment I bought it, as it had me hooked from page 1. With a couple of delayed train journeys I polished it off in less than a week. It’s set on the moon in the future, where there is a small city of 2,000 people permanently living there, including the star of the book, Jazz. She is clever, intelligent and a smuggler. Andy Weir has been unapologetic about the amount of geeky science in his books, and this sci-fi thriller definitely had to be set on the moon for the science bits to work. I particularly liked the passage where he describes why coffee tastes rubbish on the moon.
The book is a light-hearted sci-fi romp and I loved it. I will be purchasing The Martian, even though I’ve watched the film, and I’m sure that at some point in the future this will also be made into a film.