Book Review: Artemis

I received Andy Weir’s Artemis for Christmas from one of my cousins and was eager to begin reading it. This text can be categorized as science fiction, and because I do not normally read books of this genre, I figured I would give it a try and see if this genre would become one of my preferences.

While science fiction certainly has not become my book genre of choice, something I particularly appreciate about this books is that it is not overwhelming in terms of its scientific content. That sounds confusing, I know, but I simply mean that despite being a science fiction book, I did not find myself confused or disoriented with the terminology while reading it.

This book depicts the story of Jazz, a female character who happens to live on the moon with thousands of other individuals. Artemis refers to one of the regions of living located on the moon, amongst others, and despite being rather far-fetched in its plot, this book did not strike me as unrealistic. Weir’s writing style allows for Jazz’s location of residence to seem perfectly normal in an odd sense, and he is careful to explain in detail all terminology he mentions throughout the story.

I will admit that it took me longer to get through this book than it does most, and I think this is because of the genre of the text. By no means was it challenging to get through, because at certain points I found myself struggling to put the text down. The beginning is slow, however, and until things begin to climax towards the middle of the book, it can be difficult to remain motivated and continue reading.

Overall, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of science fiction, but personally, it is not one I would read twice.


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