This week I finished Artemis by Andy Weir. It was my first Book of the Month Club book. I did not read The Martian, but I did enjoy the movie. I spent most of my time reading this book buried under covers and animals, all of us trying to stay warm! It’s been a cold and snowy Northern Michigan winter so far.
This book is about a young woman named Jazz who has grown up in Artemis, a settlement on the moon. Jazz struggles financially and makes extra money by smuggling goods into Artemis from Earth. She is recruited to commit a major, complex crime for an extremely large amount of money, and accepts the offer. The rest of the book follows Jazz as she works to follow through on her promises, and uncovers the truth about how Artemis really functions.
This book was a page turner for me. I found it funny and unique. However, I did not like how Weir wrote Jazz. I understand that she is supposed to be unlikeable, she’s rough, she’s a criminal, she has issues, she likes to drink, etc. I am fine with all of that. However, I think Weir was off the mark with her internal thoughts. She talked and thought like a teenage boy. It was like Weir only tapped the surface of her as a character. Essentially, Weir wrote Jazz as Mark from The Martian, with a vagina. I think that he should not try to write female characters again in the future – not his forte!